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She was killed by a volley of bullets.
  a rapid or simultaneous discharge of bullets or other projectiles


a rapid or simultaneous series of similar (and usually antagonistic) events — such as protests or criticisms
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  • She was killed by a volley of bullets.
  • The suggestion was met with a volley of criticism.
  • Hostilities began with an incoming volley of arrows.
  • When they got to the top, a massive volley of fire tore up the ground around them.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Three weeks later a Confederate counterattack on his sector of the Petersburg lines gave him his chance: "We let them get within 3 rods of us & then we jumped up & gave them a volley.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Then rifle fire split the air. Around us women began to weep. A second volley. A third. For two hours the executions went on.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Another volley of Earthborn rocks hit the Argo II.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • At that moment there was a volley of gunfire.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I tensed myself for the volley of blows that I knew was coming, but nothing happened.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • The Squirrels bombarded him with volleys of nuts but he only covered his head with his hands and tried to keep out of the way.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew

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  • ...his first volley of missiles zipped harmlessly over our heads.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • You will become like a waterfall, a volley of bullets—you will all surge in the same direction at the same pace toward the same cause.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I want to tackle her in a hug, but instead I drop to the floor as a volley of razor-edged throwing stars hurtles through the space where my neck was.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The wind rushes through the trees and releases a new volley of rain. have a feeling that we have something in common, you and me.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • The anti-air guns unleash another volley.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A volley of blows sounded on my iron door.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • We heard convulsive screaming from the windows of the building, and a volley of machine-gun fire from the car.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • It flared into light, sought the fugitive, there was another volley, and now it was his turn to leap into the air.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • We are a volley of bullets, sing the newest cadets, we are cannonballs.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Some of the senior boys, sixteen— and seventeen-year-olds, cadets who are allowed freer access to ammunition, develop a fondness for firing volleys into the trees to see how many birds they can hit.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The onagers had shot their first volley.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The guards unleash a volley of punches to my stomach, and I drop to my knees.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Even when the slats held, the least movement on the upper platforms sent a shower of dust and straw over the sleepers below—followed by a volley of curses.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • A few Earthborn launched a volley of rocks, but from the sides of the hull a dozen Archimedes spheres sprayed out, intercepting the boulders and blasting them to dust.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • When mention of the NSBers no longer brought on a volley of self-righteous wrath, I knew the person’s healing was not far away.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Volkheimer clambers out of the truck and lowers his trousers and pees into the flowers and Werner decides to trim the aerial, but before he does, he hears—as sharp and clear and menacing as the blade of a knife flashing in the sun—a volley of Russian.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • We are a volley of bullets, we are cannonballs.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It was nearly ten in the morning, and I was lying flat on the steep roof when I suddenly heard a volley of firing quite close to me, from a rifle or machine pistol: it was a sound between whistling and twittering, as if a flock of sparrows were flying overhead, and shots fell around me.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
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