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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.
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come under fire

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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.
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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.
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CARDIFF boss Neil Warnock pointed the finger at Kevin De Bruyne after coming under fire for his team's tackles.
When deputies returned, they conversed with the assailant before coming under fire in an "ambush-type" attack, forcing them to retreat and wait for a SWAT team, which entered the apartment and engaged in a shootout that left the gunman dead and another police officer injured.
A driveway snow clearing company in Ottawa is coming under fire from some customers who say they feel ripped off.
Huseyin Icin, from Izmir, said: "My relatives in Kobane are coming under fire relatives in Kobane are coming under fire from bombs, from tanks, from war, and from bombs, from tanks, from war, and here is the Turkish tanks and army and here is the Turkish tanks and army and they're not letting us do anything.
The bus carrying the mothers and the journalists withdrew after coming under fire as it approached the base.
A French military official denied troops killed civilians and said they fired warning shots in the air after coming under fire in Bambari, the headquarters of the mostly-Muslim rebel Seleka coalition, which controls the northeast of the country.
Steven MacLean has revealed Celtic boss Neil Lennon wasn't the only one coming under fire in the stand when St Johnstone last faced Aberdeen in a semi-final.
SO Simon Cowell is coming under fire for heading to sunnier climes with his newborn baby son, Eric.
POLICE officers are lucky coming under fire for the second night in a row, it emerged yesterday.
A MIDLAND police force has backtracked and named a retired police officer charged with theft after coming under fire for refusing to do so on 'policy grounds'.
COFFEE giant Starbucks said it was looking at its "tax approach" in the UK after coming under fire for paying no corporation tax in the country in the last three years.
One officer was hit by a flying fence post as riot police used shields and batons to repel the attackers, coming under fire from a brutal barrage of bricks, bottles, sticks and litter bins.
is coming under fire for mismanaging some more of its Little Rock apartments.
Summary: Two soldiers were wounded after coming under fire from suspected drug and weapons traffickers in Baalbek, the National News Agency reported Sunday.
Chief executive David Brennan last week announced he will step down in June after slashing full-year profits hopes and coming under fire for not acting sooner to tackle a shortage of blockbuster drugs as patents expire.