cross fire

noun
|Updated on: 18 May 2018

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

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First Known Use of cross fire

1799

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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