from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Lines of fire from two or more positions crossing each other at a single point: soldiers caught in crossfire.
- n. A confrontational situation in which opposing factions, forces, views, or opinions converge: "caught in the crossfire in a battle over Internet site names” ( Denise Caruso).
- n. Rapid, heated discussion.
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- n. lines of fire from multiple positions that cross in a small region
- n. a heated confrontation between opposing factions
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- n. fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
- n. a lively or heated interchange of ideas and opinions
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Reuters Soldiers evacuate an Afghan civilian wounded in crossfire Tuesday in Helmand province, amid operations to clear southern villages of insurgents.
The possibility of "being caught in a crossfire" is really not as remote as it might seem on the surface.
A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and
One evening last year, Helen Perry was told her son Michael, a military policeman, had been killed in crossfire in Afghanistan.
Two of the arrested men have since died in crossfire with the police.
I was caught in crossfire once and a bullet came so close I could hear it whiz by my ear!
Iran’s pres is right about one thing: it is wrong for the U.S. to go around shooting Depleted Uranium at people (especially the innocents caught in crossfire), then go start a war in iraq over non-existant WMD’s … which our OWN MILITARY USES ILLEGALLY!! it’s called HYPOCRISY and it’s just not right.
But were authorities just lucky that the only casualty of the crossfire was a Prince George's County officer who was hit in the leg?
In the crossfire was the defenseless civilian population.
Caught in the crossfire is the crooked police force, led by do-gooder Lt. Gordon GARY OLDMAN.