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or cross fire

[kraws-fahyer, kros‐] /ˈkrɔsˌfaɪər, ˈkrɒs‐/
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 crossfire
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The wounded are lying in heaps, and the crossfire of the Indians, now centering from all points, threatens utter extermination.

    The Land of the Miamis Elmore Barce
  • He also had a crossfire, that he used at times with telling effect.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • They were overeager to contact the fighters and one of them caught a crossfire as he roared in.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The wood rang with the crossfire of the foes who could not see each other.

    French and English Evelyn Everett-Green
  • The direct and crossfire of these guns were so coordinated that many guns could play upon a dangerous enemy approach.

    The Fight for the Argonne William Benjamin West
British Dictionary definitions for crossfire


(military) converging fire from one or more positions
a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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