come under fire

(redirected from came under fire)

come under fire

To be subject to intense criticism or judgment. The company came under fire after a newspaper reported allegations of the CEO's misappropriation of funds. You will definitely come under fire if they find out that you were responsible for the printing error.
See also: come, fire

come under fire

or

be under fire

COMMON If someone or something comes under fire or is under fire, they are strongly criticized. The president's plan came under fire from critics who said he didn't include enough spending cuts. Britain's prisons are under fire from an international human rights group. Note: This expression comes from the literal meaning of soldiers being under fire, meaning that they are being shot at.
See also: come, fire

be/come under ˈfire


1 be shot at: While defending the town we came under fire again last night.
2 be criticized, insulted, etc: The government is already under fire over its housing policy.
See also: come, fire
References in periodicals archive ?
weapons arrive and truce collapses at night ASSAFIR: Open book to Sd Hariri: Your return through Arsal's gate is needed to protect Lebanon AL-MUSTAQBAL: Hariri renews his "decisive" support of military institution and March 14 demands implementation of resolution 1701 in Bak Saudi king announces equipping Army to accelerate AL-AKHBAR: Arsal: Evacuation or comprehensive battle THE DAILYSTAR: Arsal truce collapses as Army comes under fire A temporary cease-fire in Arsal was shattered late Tuesday night after two Army posts on hills overlooking the Bek town came under fire by militants, putting the truce attempts in jeopardy, security sources said.
A patrol dispatched to arrest a wanted suspect in Der al-Wasiaa came under fire, wounding the two soldiers, military officials said.
The channel said on its website Anatoly Klyan, 68, was shot in the stomach after his film crew came under fire when they went to film near a pro-Kiev military unit in the region.