The Wiktionary gives the following as an example sentence for the use of 'nicety':

"We met the new captain while we were taking enemy fire and were unable to observe the niceties of formal introductions."

In the sentence, what does the expression 'taking enemy fire' mean?

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The 'new captain' has presumably been posted to an army unit while it is engaged in combat.

  • You mean to take enemy fire means to engage in a combat? Dec 1, 2020 at 9:19
  • It means that they were being shot at by the enemy! Dec 1, 2020 at 9:24
  • ok, in a passive sense. Thank you. Dec 1, 2020 at 9:28

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