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At the bridge they met the British infantry, who gave them a volley.

He fired his volley of explanation at his employer with the rapidity of a Maxim gun.

Volley after volley was poured into the dense mass, at deadly range.

"Hope they don't wing one another," he remarked of the askaris' volley.

A cry of surprise was raised, and drowned in a volley of ribald inquiry and chaff.

A woodpecker's telegraphy broke the quiet like a volley of pistol shots.

Thus our volley became the more terrifying since it was unexpected.

The first volley had perhaps been the signal, and the fight was on.

Then they sent down volley after volley from every available weapon.

Then he threw a handful of small pebbles like a volley of grape-shot.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, "discharge of a number of guns at once," from Middle French volee "flight" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *volta, fem. noun from Latin volatum, past participle of volare "to fly" (see volant). Sporting sense (originally in tennis) is from 1819 (v.), 1862 (n.), from notion of hitting the ball in flight.

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