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crossfire

or cross fire

[kraws-fahyer, kros‐]
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noun
  1. lines of gunfire from two or more positions or combatants crossing one another, or a single one of such lines.
  2. a brisk exchange of words or opinions.
  3. a situation involving conflicting claims, forces, etc.

Origin of crossfire

First recorded in 1855–60
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crossfire

noun
  1. military converging fire from one or more positions
  2. a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
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Word Origin and History for cross-fire

n.

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

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