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draw fire

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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draw fire

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.
See also: draw, fire

draw someone's fire

attract hostility or criticism away from a more important target.
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With little evidence to support such contentions, the new theory will draw fire from many researchers.
His last tour of duty lasted a matter of weeks, he was withdrawn, we were told, because he has red hair and may be singled out and draw fire from the enemy.
His solutions to the resulting income inequality will also draw fire, although they're just sketched in at the end.