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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
1855-1860
1855-60
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Word Origin and History for cross-fire
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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