be caught in the crossfire

be caught in the crossfire

1. To literally be in the middle of an exchange of gunfire. Police officers are often caught in the crossfire when apprehending criminals.
2. To feel the effects of an issue that one is not directly involved in. I know that they're arguing about the budget because I walked into the conference room at the wrong time and was caught in the crossfire.
See also: caught, crossfire

be caught in the crossfire

to be badly affected by a situation where two people or groups are arguing with each other (often + of ) Unhappy children are often caught in the crossfire of arguing parents. (often + between ) She became caught in the crossfire between two bosses with different ideas about what her job involved.
See also: caught, crossfire
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The e-mail bomb is becoming a common weapon of war against Internet hosts, being sent by spammers, con artists and others who seek to interfere with the Internet, and schools can be caught in the crossfire.