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

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Examples of cross fire in a Sentence

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

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The youngsters caught in a political cross fire have been robbed of their childhood — robbed of the music of family. Vanessa Hua,, "A call for music, a call to action," 27 June 2019 Meanwhile the 10 to 15 million Americans who rely on opioids to control their chronic pain – and who are not contributing to the drug epidemic – were caught in the cross fire, Kroenke said. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Did the crackdown on opioid prescriptions go too far? Here's why doctors are reconsidering," 10 June 2019 Meanwhile, American workers, and even farmers, some have been caught in the cross fire of Trump's tough trade battle with China. Fox News, "TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers," 31 July 2018 With sirens wailing, police and event volunteers rushed to tend to those caught in the cross fire. Robert Moran,, "'Shots fired! Shots fired! … Everybody out!' Terror and chaos at Trenton arts festival," 27 June 2018 In 1993, Chery’s 15-year-old son was killed in the cross fire of a gang shootout on his way to attend a Teens Against Gang Violence meeting. Jerome Campbell,, "Mothers walk for peace through the city’s streets," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of cross fire

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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