draw fire from (someone or something)

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draw fire from (someone or something)

To attract or distract an attack in an attempt to prevent the target from harm. The phrase can be used literally to refer to gunfire. A noun or pronoun can be used between "draw" and "fire." While I was getting yelled at, my sister drew Mom's fire from me by turning up the TV. The mother goose drew fire from her goslings by charging at the hunters.
See also: draw, fire
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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