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crossfire

or cross fire

[kraws-fahyer, kros‐] /ˈkrɔsˌfaɪər, ˈkrɒs‐/
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
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60
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crossfire

/ˈkrɒsˌfaɪə/
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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