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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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  • After leaving the white house, he returned to his column and crossfire.
  • Any of the above three technologies would have rendered the crossfire useless.
British Dictionary definitions for crossfire

crossfire

/ˈkrɒsˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
(military) converging fire from one or more positions
2.
a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
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