caught in the crossfire

caught in the crossfire

1. Literally in the middle of an exchange of gunfire. Police officers are often caught in the crossfire when apprehending criminals.
2. Affected by or made to be involved in a conflict or issue that one is not a part of. I was caught in the crossfire of their argument over the budget, but I refused to take sides and told them to work it out on their own.
See also: caught, crossfire

caught in the crossfire

 
1. Lit. trapped between two lines of enemy fire. I was caught in the crossfire and dove into a ditch to keep from getting killed.
2. and caught in the middle Fig. caught between two arguing people or groups, making it difficult to remain neutral. Bill and Ann were arguing, and poor Bobby, their son, was caught in the middle.
See also: caught, crossfire

caught in the crossfire

to be hurt by opposing groups in a disagreement caught in the middle As politicians and educators debate school funding, it's students who are caught in the crossfire.
Related vocabulary: in the cross hairs
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of caught in the crossfire (trapped between two groups that are shooting at each other)
See also: caught, crossfire
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Mr Manfredi said a 64-year-old man who was caught in the crossfire got shot in the arm.
Summary: The consulate was reportedly caught in the crossfire between rival Libyan armed factions, but no casualties were reported.
Solomon is caught in the crossfire and seeks respite in the company of abolitionist Bass (Brad Pitt), who believes "slavery is an evil that should befall none".
Another 27 per cent of victims were caught in the crossfire of gun battles.
The bill is titled "An Act to provide compensation, reimbursement for hospitalisation expenses, and other benefits, to civilians caught in the crossfire between rebels and the military, and for other purposes," or the "Civilian Compensation Act of 2013.
After the 11-year-old was tragically caught in the crossfire of a shooting as he walked to football practice, his parents Melanie and Stephen Jones set up a trust fund in his memory.
As insatiable fans eagerly await Entwined with You this June, the staunch sales of Bared to You and Reflected in You continue to demonstrate that new readers are getting caught in the Crossfire series each week, setting the table for Entwined with You to be Day's biggest to date.
THE artistic partnership kennardphillipps, Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillips, whose work is on show in Coventry at the Herbert's current exhibition Caught In The Crossfire, will be carry ing out a residency at the gallery from Wednesday until February 17.
A BRITISH tourist has been shot dead at a New Year's Eve party in Thailand after getting caught in the crossfire of a gun fight between local gangs.
He said a civilian caught in the crossfire was also wounded in the clash, adding police did not suffer any loss of life.
This particular shooting gained the media's interest when it was alleged that a child was responsible for the attack, and Rhys had become caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs on the one-year anniversary of the murder of a prominent local gang leader.
Summary: Fresh fighting between hardline Islamists and pro-government militiamen in central Somalia has claimed 13 lives with civilians caught in the crossfire, an elder and a witness said Sunday.
28 (ANI): Sri Lanka has assured India that the safe zone for Tamil civilians caught in the crossfire between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE would be expanded.
THE death of the innocent victim caught in the crossfire of evil gangland fighting leaves yet another Irish family heartbroken.
Reports said the three men were Turkish citizens and the woman had been caught in the crossfire and fatally shot in the stomach.