Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one salvo or multiple salvos/salvoes.)
A salvo is when a bunch of weapons go off at once, often as part of a ceremony.
More loosely, a salvo is any sudden verbal outburst.
The plural can be spelled either "salvos" or "salvoes."
How to use it:
Because you can figuratively fire off your guns both as an enthusiastic part of a greeting or reaction AND as an actual attack, a salvo can be both positive and negative:
For the positive sense, talk about a salvo of applause or a salvo of cheers, a salvo of approval, and so on.
For the negative, talk about firing off a salvo at someone, firing the first salvo or the latest salvo, etc. You might describe a salvo of insults, a salvo of accusations, a salvo of lawsuits, and so on.
After learning to expect a salvo of praise for every attempt regardless of success, some millennials slump into a depression when they enter the real world.
America Ferrera fired a salvo at Donald Trump, blasting him for his racist and out-of-touch remarks about Latino immigrants.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "salvo" means when you can explain it without saying “salute" or "barrage."
Think of two people or two groups who are often in conflict, and fill in the blanks: "_____ and _____ keep exchanging salvos over (issue.)"
Example: "Policymakers and actual educators keep exchanging salvos over what's to blame for low student test scores."
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"Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came."
1. The opposite of SALVO could be
2. The team _____ an opening salvo ___ the opposition.
A. offered .. to
B. fired .. at
C. strategized .. with
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