draw (one's) fire away

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draw (one's) fire away

1. To attract the gunfire of an attacker away (from some other target). The soldier ran into the open and drew the enemy fire away from the rest of his squad. The mother goose drew the hunters' fire away by charging at the hunters.
2. To attract the attention of one who is attacking or berating someone else. While I was getting yelled at, my sister drew Mom's fire away from me by turning up the TV as loud as possible. The senator had hoped that the new incident would draw the media's fire away from him.
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Despite this overwhelming force, Adkins maneuvered outside the camp to evacuate a seriously wounded American and draw fire away from the aircraft all the while successfully covering the rescue.
During one of these occasions, when his patrol sustained an Australian casualty, Corporal Keighran with complete disregard for his own safety, left his position of cover on the ridgeline to deliberately draw fire away from the team treating the casualty.
However, from the first He hoped this would draw fire away from other violent scenes that would seem less so by comparison.
The initial reaction from local authority leaders tended towards the view that the Rugby airport plan was so absurd that it had been included in the consultation document simply to draw fire away from the intention to expand existing airports.
With the members of his patrol still pinned down by the three enemy machine-gun positions, he exposed his own position in order to draw fire away from his patrol, which enabled them to bring fire to bear against the enemy.
Leigh Ann deliberately drove into the kill zone to draw fire away from the civilian truck drivers, then dismounted and moved her squad right into the fedayeen trenchline, engaging them with rifle fire and grenades.