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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

draw someone's fire

attract hostility or criticism away from a more important target.
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Federal withholding of data on which the government has based its recommendation to reduce salt intake with the goal of lowering stroke risk is drawing fire from the salt industry.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday chided Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Tsutomu Takebe for repeatedly mentioning a possible snap election after drawing fire from within the ruling party.
About 20 Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles entered camp, drawing fire from militants.
A plane circled briefly over the city centre, drawing fire from the ground, but it was not clear whose side it was on.
Immediately drawing fire from conservative and pro-family activists, Powell's statement came during a February 14th teleconference hosted by the music television network, MTV.
The House bill includes a similar provision, and both versions are drawing fire from education, disability and law groups.