or cross fire
- 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
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Examples from the Web for crossfire
But no more so than the Sodexo building maintenance man or the two cops who were also killed in the crossfire.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
A street sweeper was caught in the crossfire as a gunman fired at the officer, fatally wounding her in the back.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
These things also happen to people who you know are helpless, like random people caught in the crossfire.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
Many more lives, often of civilians stuck in the crossfire, will be lost.Why Putin Let MH17 Get Shot Down
July 18, 2014
And when you are in public office, expect to get caught in the crossfire, especially if there are RICO statutes.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
He also had a crossfire, that he used at times with telling effect.Baseball Joe, Home Run King
The wood rang with the crossfire of the foes who could not see each other.French and English
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.The Land of the Miamis
- military converging fire from one or more positions
- a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
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