draw fire

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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.
See also: draw, fire

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.
See also: draw, fire

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.
See also: draw, fire
References in classic literature ?
A few of the older and more cunning Hurons, who had not been deceived by the artifice which had been practiced to draw their fire, now made a close and deadly discharge of their pieces and justified the apprehensions of the scout by felling three of his foremost warriors.
Disregarding his own safety, Private Downs positioned himself in the enemy s sights to draw their fire and began suppressing the insurgent positions; his actions let his patrol gain the upper hand.
He was killed in a grenade blast as he fearlessly charged enemy insurgents, advancing through a series of compounds and pinning back the gunmen as he tried to draw their fire and protect his men.