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volley

noun uk   /ˈvɒl.i/  us   /ˈvɑː.li/

volley noun (BULLETS)

[C] a large number of bullets (seeming to be) fired at the same time: Even as the funeral took place, guerrillas hidden nearby fired/let off a fresh volley of machine-gun fire.

volley noun (LARGE NUMBER)

[C usually singular] a lot of similar things that are said or produced, or that happen, quickly one after the other: I'm afraid my proposal was met with a volley of criticisms.

volley noun (SPORTS)

[C] (in sports) a kick or hit in which a player returns a moving ball before it touches the ground: That was a marvellous backhand volley.

volley

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈvɒl.i/  us   /ˈvɑː.li/
(in sports) to hit or kick a moving ball before it touches the ground
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