harassing fire


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harassing fire

[′har·ə·siŋ ¦fīr]
(ordnance)
Rifle or artillery fire designed to inflict losses, or to disturb the enemy troops by the threat of losses; the fire restricts movement and lowers troop morale.
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They tried for days and eventually our mortars were called in for harassing fire.
They were also used at frequent intervals during periods of darkness and bad weather as harassing fires to prevent enemy movements.