or cross fire

[kraws-fahyer, kros‐]


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.

Nearby words

  1. crossed hemianesthesia,
  2. crossed hemianopsia,
  3. crossed hemiplegia,
  4. crossed reflex,
  5. crossette,
  6. crossfoot,
  7. crosshatch,
  8. crosshead,
  9. crossing,
  10. crossing guard

Origin of crossfire

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cross-fire

British Dictionary definitions for cross-fire



military converging fire from one or more positions
a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
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Word Origin and History for cross-fire



also crossfire, 1860, from cross (adj.) + fire (n.).

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