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
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"It appears there were two separate groups that were targeting each other, and these people were just caught in the crossfire," Atlanta Police Captain William Ricker told (https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/2-shot-near-clark-atlanta-university-library-police-say/977876297) WSB, an ABC affiliate in Atlanta.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has already sent a team to investigate the death of a three-year-old girl caught in the crossfire during a police anti-drug operation in Rodriguez town, Rizal province.
One civilian caught in the crossfire died, while a wounded woman and child were taken to hospital.
It is very sad and tragic that another incident has happened in which a young medical student has been caught in the crossfire between police and robbers resulting in her death.
The serial killer is making his way back to the Cobbles and someone is due to get caught in the crossfire.
We rejoin the team at a refugee camp in France, where Dylan's frustration gets the better of him, and a burning bottle causes another struggle for Jez as Robyn and baby Charlotte are at risk of being caught in the crossfire.
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".
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.
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.