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To attract criticism or judgment. I drew fire from my parents when I announced that I want to be an artist, not a doctor.
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Encounter criticism, as in His recent article was bound to draw fire. This expression uses the verb draw in the sense of "attract" or "provoke," and transfers fire in the sense of "gunfire" to a somewhat milder attack.
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draw (someone's) fire
If someone or something draws fire or draws someone's fire, they are strongly criticized. The new block of flats immediately drew the fire of the architectural establishment. Moynihan's plan to cut the Social Security payroll tax has already drawn fire from the administration. Note: `Fire' here means gunfire.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
draw someone's fireattract hostility or criticism away from a more important target.
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