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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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Examples from the Web for crossfire

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Historical Examples

  • He also had a crossfire, that he used at times with telling effect.

  • The wood rang with the crossfire of the foes who could not see each other.

    French and English

    Evelyn Everett-Green

  • But he knew vaguely that he'd been caught in a crossfire between the cautious Purcell and the bold, arrogant Glaudot.

    A World Called Crimson

    Darius John Granger

  • They were overeager to contact the fighters and one of them caught a crossfire as he roared in.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • The wounded are lying in heaps, and the crossfire of the Indians, now centering from all points, threatens utter extermination.


British Dictionary definitions for crossfire

crossfire

noun
  1. military converging fire from one or more positions
  2. a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
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