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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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John Kerry on Saturday over his policies on North Korea, despite having drawn fire from the opposition for similar remarks made the previous day.
(Since its launch in February 2004, Al-Hurra has drawn fire from Wahhabi and Arab nationalist groups as well as some of the region's liberal commentators.
The guide, which will form the basis of Irish history curriculum from next year, has also drawn fire from Pete King, an Irish-American member of the House of Representatives.
Japan's rice tariffs, which came into effect April 1, have drawn fire from rice producing countries.
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