cross fire
noun Date: 1799 1. a. firing (as in combat) from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross b. a situation wherein the forces of opposing factions meet, cross, or clash <
caught in a political cross fire
>
2. rapid or heated exchange of words

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  • cross fire — {n.} 1. Firing in a fight or battle from two or more places at once so that the lines of fire cross. * /The soldiers on the bridge were caught in the crossfire coming from both sides of the bridge./ 2. Fast or angry talking back and forth between …   Dictionary of American idioms

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