Definition of crossfire in English:



  • [mass noun] Gunfire from two or more directions passing through the same area.

    ‘a photographer was killed in crossfire’
    figurative ‘the sponsors are caught in the crossfire of the battle between the world champion and his team boss’
    • ‘In the crossfire over 400 men were killed and a similar number wounded.’
    • ‘A policeman and a civilian caught in crossfire were also killed.’
    • ‘The lieutenant went back to find more than 15 men killed by machine-gun crossfire.’
    • ‘His late father was treated for gunshot wounds after being caught in gang crossfire when his son was 18.’
    • ‘There are fears that some of the officially acknowledged deaths were in fact civilians caught in crossfire or killed for political reasons.’
    • ‘A teenage boy was killed in the crossfire, and two soldiers were wounded.’
    • ‘It may be that the manacled prisoners were caught in crossfire.’
    • ‘Instead of facing a firing squad, however, they were abandoned in no man's land so that they would be killed by crossfire.’
    • ‘However, if such are killed in crossfire or if used as human shields, they become collateral damage.’
    • ‘Second, it serves as a reminder of the tragic toll war takes on innocents who find themselves caught in the crossfire between contending armies.’
    • ‘The crossfire between the two groups was brutal.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, suspected rebels shot dead three civilians, a bystander was killed in crossfire and five more militants were gunned down by troops, police said.’
    • ‘Five civilians caught in the crossfire were killed and 14 wounded, hospital officials said.’
    • ‘The open fire regulations were strict because of the fear of friendly crossfire.’
    • ‘Aid workers have been caught in crossfire between warring groups of militia or bandits.’
    • ‘One civilian was killed and a second was wounded in crossfire.’
    • ‘Three civilians were caught in the crossfire and killed, and one was wounded.’
    • ‘He saw that his teammate was caught in crossfire, a dozen fighters both good and bad surrounding him.’
    • ‘Jack winced as a heavy bracket of crossfire rocked his ship.’
    • ‘Two civilians, caught in the crossfire, were also killed, the report said.’