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cross fire

or crossfire

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 cross fire
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Here we came to the front, and moved up and over the hill under a heavy fire of musketry and a cross fire of artillery.

  • They'd be in a cross fire if they tried either—an' that's what licks 'em.

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
  • The road to Bloemfontein was blocked; and the road to Kimberley was exposed to a cross fire from the enemy's two positions.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • "They'll be in a cross fire purty soon," promised Pete, grimly.

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
  • Between a cross fire, the Indians fought with more desperation than ever.

  • A direct and cross fire of artillery swept every inch of the approach.

  • The rebels replied, and for over two hours this cross fire went on without intermission on either side.

  • Lee's guns were planted to cross fire on each charging line of blue.

    The Victim Thomas Dixon
  • They were in such a form that the enemy attacking any portion would be exposed either to a flanking or a cross fire.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • They were under a cross fire, however, from front and flank, and in the end had to retreat.

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