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Definition a rapid discharge from multiple guns — as in battle or in a ceremonial salute


a rapid series of points made in a verbal assault

Much more rarely, a salvo can reference a sudden burst of applause or cheers as in "There was a salvo of approval."

Even more rarely, salvo can reference an excuse or something to make someone feel better about their self-image as when Henry Fielding wrote, "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."
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Inside Murillo's office, children usually fire the first salvo: "I know you don't love me.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • It was thefirst salvo of the election and a clear sign of the sort of contest it would become.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • They fired three salvos above his grave.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • 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
  • Almost every day a salvo of shots would send the anguished whispers flying: How many this time?
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Oprichniki-security troops of Ivan the Terrible. down by another salvo.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Kara delivered one last salvo.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • The boys on the perimeter ducked under the lethal salvos; shrapnel was a fickle friend.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The first time is a glide-I target my ninth birthday party and hit it with the first salvo.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "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 bright melody drowned The salvos from the ghetto wall, And couples were flying High in the cloudless sky.
    Czeslaw Milosz  --  Campo dei Fiori
  • Questions on the virus were fired in salvos and answered in fashion.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • That could be walking into a salvo-
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 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
  • 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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