cross fire

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.
Also, crossfire.


Origin:
1855–60

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Griffin's division in backing to get out of the way of a severe cross fire of the enemy was found marching away from the fighting.
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