crossfire

or cross fire

[ kraws-fahyer, kros‐ ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌfaɪər, ˈkrɒs‐ /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for cross-fire

crossfire

/ (ˈkrɒsˌfaɪə) /

noun

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