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

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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