cross fire


Definition of cross fire

1a : 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

viewers tune in to witness the weekly cross fire between the liberal and conservative commentators
Recent Examples on the Web The market has indiscriminately penalized tech stocks across the board and cybersecurity stocks are simply caught in the cross fire. Beth Kindig, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Lester said 70 to 80 people were in the vicinity of the gunfire and many were caught in the cross fire. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 4 May 2022 Expect more of this cross fire over how to carve up the state’s gambling turf. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Oct. 2021 Just on Monday night, two young residents were killed in the cross fire near Mr. Alim’s watermelon stand. New York Times, 14 July 2021 The ferocious media blitzkrieg that arose when both stories became public led to Allen and Farrow being maligned in the press, with their friends and family flinging accusations into the cross fire. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2021 Caught in the cross fire of these combative tackles was Lo Celso, who picked up a groin injury following a stamp from Chile's Charles Aranguiz., 11 Sep. 2019 As the federal government prepares to roll out $16 billion to help farmers caught in the cross fire of Trump’s trade wars, Democratic congressmen want fishermen included in the deal. Anchorage Daily News, 6 Aug. 2019 The youngsters caught in a political cross fire have been robbed of their childhood — robbed of the music of family. Vanessa Hua,, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cross fire

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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23 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Cross fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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