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The battle ship fired salvo after salvo into the hills above the beach.
  a rapid discharge from multiple guns — as in battle or in a ceremonial salute


a rapid series of points made in a verbal assault
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  • The battle ship fired salvo after salvo into the hills above the beach.
  • The attack ads represent the opening salvo of an especially bitter fight anticipated this campaign season.
  • She called a press conference to fire a salvo of facts and figures calculated to turn the public against the measure.
  • Salvo!
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water

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  • Two smaller aircraft line the corridor with smoke, and the lead bomber salvos its payload, and eleven others follow suit.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Almost every day a salvo of shots would send the anguished whispers flying: How many this time?
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The bright melody drowned The salvos from the ghetto wall, And couples were flying High in the cloudless sky.
    Czeslaw Milosz  --  Campo dei Fiori
  • Invariably, within minutes after a Vatican salvo, Kohler’s phone would ring off the hook with tech-investment companies wanting to license the new discovery.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He went to the door of the inner room, through which Brogard and his wife had disappeared before, and knocked; as usual, he was answered by a salvo of muttered oaths.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Perhaps from modesty of possession she responded to each salvo of amusement by bending closer over her list.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night

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  • The whole entertainment afforded the boys such intense pleasure, and their spirits rose to such a pitch, that nothing would serve them but another salvo of artillery in order to close with befitting dignity and honour so great a day.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • There were fires glowing all up and down Betio, and a man beside him with a waterproof watch was attempting to time the battleship salvos being fired on the island.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The reporters-and the people all over the world who would be listening to Jordan’s careful speech-would hear his little salvo at the end and believe that he had some fabulous truth up his sleeve-something that would prove his client was not a monster.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The boys on the perimeter ducked under the lethal salvos; shrapnel was a fickle friend.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The weather was breaking up, breaking, broken, and it is a sense of the fit rather than of the supernatural that equips such crises with the salvos of angelic artillery.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • It has been calculated that what with salvos, royal and military politenesses, courteous exchanges of uproar, signals of etiquette, formalities of roadsteads and citadels, sunrises and sunsets, saluted every day by all fortresses and all ships of war, openings and closings of ports, etc., the civilized world, discharged all over the earth, in the course of four and twenty hours, one hundred and fifty thousand useless shots.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The first time is a glide-I target my ninth birthday party and hit it with the first salvo.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • His servants who accompanied him brought him to the house of the friend with whom he had resolved to stay until his departure for Europe in a state of delirium; and it was thought for many, many days that he would never travel farther than the burying-ground of the church of St. George’s, where the troops should fire a salvo over his grave, and where many a gallant officer lies far away from his home.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …Blifil was so well assisted by Western, that he succeeded without difficulty; for as Mr Allworthy had been assured by her father that Sophia had a proper affection for Blifil, and that all which he had suspected concerning Jones was entirely false, Blifil had nothing more to do than to confirm these assertions; which he did with such equivocations, that he preserved a salvo for his conscience; and had the satisfaction of conveying a lie to his uncle, without the guilt of telling one.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • That could be walking into a salvo-
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Questions on the virus were fired in salvos and answered in fashion.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Most targets we managed to hit by second salvo though all were defended except Mexico City.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • It was thefirst salvo of the election and a clear sign of the sort of contest it would become.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Kara delivered one last salvo.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • down by another salvo.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Even though it had been blocked, the impact of this opening salvo rang like a thunderbolt and sparked the crowd into an excited buzz.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The radio was ablast with call-in voices, they’re griping, they’re spraying spit, it’s the sidewalk salvo and rap, and he imagined a long queue of underground souls waiting to enter the broadcast band and speak the incognito news.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They fired three salvos above his grave.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • As opener, my forté was whaling away at the ball and trying to weather the first salvo while demoralizing the bowlers, while Shiva’s strength was to doggedly defend his wicket, anchoring the team, even if he scored few runs.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Inside Murillo’s office, children usually fire the first salvo: "I know you don’t love me.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Five days after Millennium fired the first salvo, Blomkvist’s book The Mafia Banker appeared in bookshops.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "As we reached our destination that bright morning in our boat," Julia later exclaimed, "every gun in and near Washington burst forth—and such a salvo?
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • The rest are nothing
    once the captain’s down!"
    At his command,
    concentrating their shots, all six hurled as one
    but Athena sent the whole salvo wide of the mark—
    one of them hit the jamb of the great hall’s doors,
    another the massive door itself, and the heavy bronze point
    of a third ashen javelin crashed against the wall.
    Seeing his men untouched by the suitors’ flurry,
    steady Odysseus leapt to take command:
    "Friends! now it’s for us to hurl at them, I say,
    into this ruck…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • " "I am happy to meet you, Nya," he said "My name is Salvo
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • They heard the hard rhythmic salvo of voices chanting angry slogans, again, louder, fading when the wind shifted, then audible once more.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Bending back from the steam eddying up from the punch bowl, he let the brown liquid—a sugary arrack punch—fall in long arcs from the ladle into the glasses held out to receive it, gushing the whole time in his high-spirited jargon, so that the process was greeted by salvos of laughter all around.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • If life was to receive back her sinful problem child, it could not happen on the cheap, but only like this, in a serious, rigorous fashion, as a kind of ordeal, which in this case did not perhaps mean life so much as it meant three salvos fired in his, the sinner’s, honor.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He’d made bold statements and fired off thundering salvos, but standing here on the edge of the jungle, with cicadas screeching all around and the hot afternoon sun beating on his shoulders, the notion that the genesis of a worldwide virus attack lay hidden in this abandoned concrete plant struck him as ludicrous.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • But I’ll make it clear now that Millennium will not be sunk with the first salvo."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Dallas’s defenses cracked on next salvo; Mike gave their spaceport three more (already committed) then shifted back to Cheyenne Mountain—later ones had never been nudged and were still earmarked "Cheyenne Mountain.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • …the dust of the broad floor, all as one.
    Back to the great hall’s far recess the others shrank
    as the four rushed in and plucked up spears from corpses.
    And again the suitors hurled their whetted shafts
    but Athena sent the better part of the salvo wide—
    one of them hit the jamb of the great hall’s doors,
    another the massive door itself, and the heavy bronze point
    of a third ashen javelin crashed against the wall.
    True, Amphimedon nicked Telemachus on the wrist—
    the glancing…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • …too well,
    he’s got no itch to stick to good hard work,
    he’d rather go scrounging round the countryside,
    begging for crusts to stuff his greedy gut!
    Let me tell you—so help me it’s the truth—
    if he sets foot in King Odysseus’ royal palace,
    salvos of footstools flung at his head by all the lords
    will crack his ribs as he runs the line of fire through the house!"
    Wild, reckless taunts—and just as he passed Odysseus
    the idiot lurched out with a heel and kicked his hip
    but he…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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