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Definition of "crossfire" []

  • Lines of fire from two or more positions crossing each other at a single point: soldiers caught in crossfire. (noun)
  • 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). (noun)
  • Rapid, heated discussion. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crossfire" in a sentence
  • "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"