cross fire

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cross′ fire`

or cross′fire`,

1. gunfire issuing from two or more positions so that the lines of fire cross one another.
2. a brisk or angry exchange of words or opinions.
3. a situation involving conflicting claims, forces, etc.
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After that I occupied myself in making our room a little tidy and in coaxing a very cross fire that had been lighted to burn, which at last it did, quite brightly.
RELATIVES of those killed in the King's Cross fire took part in an emotional service yesterday to mark 30 years since the devastating blaze.
Rawalpindi -- Seven soldiers were martyred at Bhimber sector of Line of Control in cross fire LoC violation by Indian troops late Sunday night.
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Haden Cross Fire station, who went to the scene, tweeted: "Please be careful where you park your car.
During cross fire, the wagon passengers also came under fire and resultantly the driver Momin Khan was killed and six others were injured.
BRUSSELS, Dec 31 (KUNA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Monday said that 2012 has been one of the bloodiest years for journalists and media workers after recording 121 killings in targeted attacks and cross fire incidents.
And before disbanding the Kirklees panel gave its leftover cash to the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice and Red Cross Fire Victim Support.
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The other two casualties were an SPLA soldier who attempted to intervene to rescue the situation and another man who was killed in the cross fire.
The paper comments that PM Gruevski and ruling VMRO-DPMNE are in a cross fire considering that the demands of the Albanian parties have become stronger and more synchronized, as the opposition's views are ever more similar with those of the coalition partner BDI.