draw fire


: to attract angry criticism
The principal's remarks have drawn fire from both parents and teachers.

Examples of draw fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Puckett sprinted across the open area to draw fire so that Rangers could find and destroy enemy machine-gunners. CBS News, 10 Apr. 2024 The tentative agreement with the U.S. investors is far less likely to draw fire from clubhouses and Congress than the earth-shattering decision to combine forces with the Saudis. Lauren Hirsch, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Manion, a Naval Academy graduate, died while attempting to draw fire from his patrol. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2023 Moreover, the first wave was often used simply to draw fire, in order to identify Ukrainian positions, which were then targeted by artillery. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 Councilors have spoken with lawmakers in cities including Seattle, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and found that re-crafting the processes behind real estate development tend to draw fire from all sides, Arroyo said. Catherine Carlock, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Feb. 2023 Meanwhile, the state college system, which is made up of 28 schools, is preparing to eliminate funding for programs that could draw fire from the DeSantis administration. Ryan Dailey, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2023 Hochul proposed setting housing growth targets of 3% over three years in New York City and its suburbs, which could draw fire from lawmakers on Long Island and Westchester counties, where Democrats have fared poorly in recent elections. Keshia Clukey, Bloomberg.com, 10 Jan. 2023 Greg MacNeil introduced Schoville by saying his job as a pilot on light operation helicopters, or Loaches, was to fly low and draw fire so American troops could shoot back at enemy forces. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022

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“Draw fire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20fire. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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