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or cross fire

[kraws-fahyer, kros‐] /ˈkrɔsˌfaɪər, ˈkrɒs‐/
lines of gunfire from two or more positions or combatants crossing one another, or a single one of such lines.
a brisk exchange of words or opinions.
a situation involving conflicting claims, forces, etc.
Origin of crossfire
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And, not only will they watch to see how you play ball, but how you act under all sorts of cross-fire, and in emergencies.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • His lordship listened, though with a cross-fire of interruptions.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • This cross-fire cleared that portion of the field; McCulloch's whole line gave way and retired out of view.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth Manning Ferguson Force
  • Irene kept up a cross-fire of words with the vicomte and Velletri.

  • The working parties were also exposed to a cross-fire, and large numbers of men were killed every day.

    Jack Archer G. A. Henty
  • And now there was a cross-fire of welcomes and "We have missed you so much," and "How well you look!"

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • She might even have turned whiter than she did, and yet not be said to show the cross-fire of torments in her heart.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The kissing and hand-shaking began, and a cross-fire of good-byes.

    The Little Colonel's House Party Annie Fellows Johnston
  • On his arrival the enemy, exposed to a cross-fire, ran the risk of being surrounded and captured.

    In the Shadow of Death P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
British Dictionary definitions for cross-fire


(military) converging fire from one or more positions
a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cross-fire

also crossfire, 1860, from cross (adj.) + fire (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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