cross fire

noun

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

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With sirens wailing, police and event volunteers rushed to tend to those caught in the cross fire. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "'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, BostonGlobe.com, "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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