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fusillade (noun) rapid-fire from one or more guns at the same time; a series of questions or remarks.

A rapid firing of bullets or shells from one or more guns at the same time is a fusillade. 'The forces defending the fort let out a fusillade on the attacking army and shattered it.' This means that the rapid firing of all guns on the fort at the same time scattered the attacking soldiers. A series of questions put to someone or a series of remarks made by a number of people at the same time is a fusillade.

  • As the invaders neared the border of the country, they faced a fusillade from the defending forces. The rapid firing from so many guns at the same time made the invaders fall back and regroup themselves.
  • As soon as he returned from his foreign tour, the leader faced a fusillade of questions from the media persons, and he answered all of them with patience though he was tired.
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