under fire

under fire
adjective
subjected to enemy attack or censure (Freq. 4)
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an official under fire for mismanagement

Syn: ↑under attack
Similar to: ↑vulnerable

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under fire
1. Exposed to the enemy's fire
2. Exposed to criticism
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Main Entry:fire

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being shot at

observers sent to look for the men came under heavy fire

being rigorously criticized

the president was under fire from all sides

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under fire
1 : being shot at by the enemy

The civilians panicked when they realized they were under fire.

As a soldier he showed extraordinary skill and courage under fire.

2 : exposed to criticism : being criticized

He is under fire from his political opponents.

The company has come under fire [=has been criticized] for using child labor overseas.

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Main Entry:fire

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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Synonyms:
(of shot by an enemy)


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