Definition of “fire a (warning) shot across sb's bow” - English Dictionary

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“fire a (warning) shot across sb's bow” in British English

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fire a (warning) shot across sb's bow

formal

to do something in order to warn someone that you will take strong action if that person does not change their behaviour:

Airline employees have fired a warning shot across the company's bows by threatening to strike if higher pay increases are not offered.

(Definition of “fire a (warning) shot across sb's bow” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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