cross fire

noun

Definition of cross fire

1 a :firing (as in combat) from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
b :a situation wherein the forces of opposing factions meet, cross, or clash
  • caught in a political cross fire
2 :rapid or heated exchange of words

Examples of cross fire in a Sentence

  1. viewers tune in to witness the weekly cross fire between the liberal and conservative commentators

First Known Use of cross fire

1799



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