caught in the middle

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caught in the middle

to experience the influence of opposing groups in a disagreement caught in the crossfire My mother and sister are always yelling at each other, and I find myself caught in the middle.
Related vocabulary: in the cross hairs
See also: caught, middle

caught in the middle

Also, caught in the cross-fire. Between two opposing sides, as in The writers are often caught in the middle between editor and publisher, who are political opponents , or When parents don't get along, the children are often caught in the cross-fire. Long used in military situations, these terms began to be used figuratively in the second half of the 1800s.
See also: caught, middle
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They were among the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Hutu dislodged from refugee camps by the growing conflict, and who are now in serious danger of being caught in the cross-fire as Rwanda and Zaire edge toward a full-scale war.