crossfire


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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

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

be caught in the crossfire

If someone or something is caught in the crossfire, they suffer the unpleasant effects of a disagreement between other people even though they are not involved in it themselves. It's like when colleagues start to argue in a meeting. Suddenly, from being an innocent bystander, you're caught in the crossfire and required to join in. Teachers say they are caught in the crossfire between the education establishment and the Government. Note: This expression is more commonly used literally to talk about a situation where someone is in the way of two sets of people who are firing guns, and so is likely to be shot by mistake.
See also: caught, crossfire

be caught in the crossfire

suffer damage or harm inadvertently as the result of the conflict between two other people or groups.
The literal sense of the phrase, in a military context, is ‘be trapped (and possibly killed) by being between two opposing sides who are shooting at each other’.
1998 New Scientist This suggested that the corneal cells are innocent victims caught in the crossfire as T cells fight the viral infection.
See also: caught, crossfire

be caught in the ˈcrossfire

become involved in a situation where two people or groups of people are arguing, and suffer as a result: When two industrial giants clash, small companies can get caught in the crossfire.
Crossfire is the firing of guns from two or more directions at the same time.
See also: caught, crossfire
References in periodicals archive ?
For information on searching reactions, substances and publications using CrossFire Beilstein, visit www.
Chief operating officer Wolfgang Bernhard marked the occasion by driving the first Chrysler Crossfire off the assembly line in Germany.
It was only when one of the designers involved in the Crossfire team button-holed the big cheese that the official blessing was eventually given.
This upgraded version includes various improvements to both the client's internal and external filing experiences as well as exciting new functionality in Crossfire PowerPoint.
NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, announced today that its Optical Networking Edge (ONE) portfolio has received a 2010 4GWE Product of the Year Award from TMC and Crossfire Media.
Chrysler Crossfire will stay true to its American heritage, while adding global appeal.
AMERICAN producer Chrysler aims to catch its rivals in the crossfire by forging ahead with a model to be launched in 2003.
Simon Elliott, managing director oif Chrysler UK said: "There's a terrific buzz about Crossfire.
When asked why he thinks that the Crossfire is a quintessential American sports coupe.
The Crossfire is Chrysler's first all-new car to hit the streets for three years and with its American design and technology, proportions and performance ideally suited for the UK market, the car gives a new dimension to the Chrysler marque.
2 -- ran in Glen/Bur edition only) The men in this photo, in-laws of Glendale resident Shant Amerkhanian, were killed in crossfire by U.
This Crossfire won't sell because of the way it drives.
APPEALING: The Chrysler Crossfire has a stunning sporty look and inside there is satin silver, aluminium and leather to complete the classy image (left)
Released in 2007, CROSSFIRE recorded global sales of $1.
Crossfire Aggregate Services has applied to open a gravel mine and concrete factory at Durango, in La Plata County, Colo.