come under fire

Definition of come under fire

1 :to be shot at
  • The troops were coming under fire from the rear.
2 :to be criticized
  • The company has come under fire for using child labor overseas.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

fire play
  1. : the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light, flame, and heat

  2. : one of the four elements of the alchemists

  3. : burning passion : ardor

  1. : to set on fire : kindle

  2. : to give life or spirit to : inspire

  3. : to fill with passion or enthusiasm


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