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crossfire

noun
     
cross‧fire [uncountable]
1 bullets from two or more opposite directions that pass through the same area:
Doctors who tried to help the wounded were caught in the crossfire.
in crossfire
Many civilians were killed in crossfire.
2 situation in which people are arguing, and the results of this affect other people who are not directly involved:
During a divorce, kids often get caught in the crossfire.

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