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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. 2018.
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  • He also had a crossfire, that he used at times with telling effect.

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  • 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.

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for crossfire


(military) converging fire from one or more positions
a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
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