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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.
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draw someone's fire

attract hostility or criticism away from a more important target.
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Meanwhile, O'Neal continues to draw fire from columnists across the country.
Either way, Cooley's decision will draw fire from one side or the other, which heightens the importance of his being fair and judicious.
Did the security measures become operative because of the council's fear that their actions might draw fire - or was it just a coincidence?
It took all of one episode for ``The PJs'' to draw fire from African-Americans who think the series, which is set in an urban housing project, is full of demeaning stereotypes.
Amgen isn't the first big technology firm to draw fire from Nader.
What about the book's dramatic assertions that will undoubtedly draw fire similar to comments in 1992, when a papal spokesman called Bernstein's scenarios ``bizarre''?