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Definition of crossfire noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the firing of guns from two or more directions at the same time, so that the bullets cross The doctor was killed in crossfire as he went to help the wounded.
  2. 2(figurative) When two industrial giants clash, small companies can get caught in the crossfire (= become involved and suffer as a result).
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