be in the firing line

be in the firing line

  (British, American & Australian) also be on the firing line (American & Australian)
if someone or something is in the firing line, they are likely to be criticized, attacked, or got rid of The judge found himself in the firing line from women's groups after his controversial comments about sexual assault. Recent cuts in council budgets mean that concessionary fares were next on the firing line.
See also: firing, line