shot across the bow

 A warning, to warn.
 ► “The lawsuit, she says, is a ‘shot across the bow’ to municipalities using illegal means to keep out competitors, which ‘seems to be a much more common practice than we were aware of.’ ” (Wall Street Journal, June 3, 1996, p. A1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • shot across the bow — A shot across the bow is a warning to tell someone to stop doing something or face very serious consequences …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • shot across the bow —    A shot across the bow is a warning to tell someone to stop doing something or face very serious consequences.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • (a) shot across the bow — a warning to stop doing something. The lawsuit is a shot across the bow to businesses that are competing unfairly. Etymology: based on the military practice of aiming a shot across the bow (= a small explosion in front of a ship) to force it to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • shoot across the bow —  A warning, to warn.  ► “The lawsuit, she says, is a ‘shot across the bow’ to municipalities using illegal means to keep out competitors, which ‘seems to be a much more common practice than we were aware of.’ ” (Wall Street Journal, June 3, 1996 …   American business jargon

  • a shot across the/someone's bow — a shot across the/someone s bow(s) : a warning to not do something or to stop doing something The fine is a shot across the bow to an industry that thinks it can ignore the law. • • • Main Entry: ↑shot …   Useful english dictionary

  • a shot across the/someone's bows — a shot across the/someone s bow(s) : a warning to not do something or to stop doing something The fine is a shot across the bow to an industry that thinks it can ignore the law. • • • Main Entry: ↑shot …   Useful english dictionary

  • a shot across the bows — One thus directed so as to warn a ship off rather than damage it (often figurative) • • • Main Entry: ↑shot * * * I a (warning) shot across the bows a statement or gesture intended to frighten someone into changing their course of action… …   Useful english dictionary

  • a shot across the bows — ► a shot across the bows a warning statement or gesture. Main Entry: ↑bow …   English terms dictionary

  • a shot across the bows — a warning statement or gesture. → bow out …   English new terms dictionary

  • bow — Ⅰ. bow [1] ► NOUN 1) a knot tied with two loops and two loose ends. 2) a weapon for shooting arrows, made of curved wood joined at both ends by a taut string. 3) a rod with horsehair stretched along its length, used for playing some stringed… …   English terms dictionary

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