draw fire from

draw (someone's) fire (away) from (someone, something, or an animal)

 and draw (someone's) fire away
to attract the attention of someone firing a gun away from the target, hoping to protect the target; to make oneself a target in order to protect someone or something. (Can be verbal "fire," such as questions, etc.) The mother bird drew fire away from her chicks. The hen drew away the hunter's fire. The president drew fire away from Congress by proposing a compromise.
See also: draw, fire
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said the broadcasting of the drama "A Man called God" featuring Song Il Guk will be postponed because it could draw fire from viewers.
They got everything they asked for in the Egyptian document, and we in Fatah knew that our position would draw fire from the sons of Fatah.
Before a national TV audience, Caprarelli ran to a street corner to draw fire from Phillips, emptied his gun, then leapfrogged over a fire hydrant for cover.
While Jimmy may be the first gay game character to draw fire from antigay Christian forces, he joins a small but growing list of explicitly or ambiguously gay characters in video games.
The decision is likely to draw fire from the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea because they trust Saiki for his tough stand on the North, along with Kyoko Nakayama, the former Cabinet Secretariat adviser on the abduction issue who resigned late last month.
Both measures are set to go to Congress in the first half of 2003 and will likely draw fire from long-time supporters in Lula's Workers' Party.
It will draw fire from those who believe a white woman must not speak openly about the flaws of black culture or leadership.
With little evidence to support such contentions, the new theory will draw fire from many researchers.
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.
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.