under fire
a) subjected to enemy attack

Meanwhile, the governments own Human Services department is under fire from the Ombudsman for its failure to protect children in its care.

b) criticized or held responsible for something

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Synonyms:
(of shot by an enemy)


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  • under fire — {adv. phr.} Being shot at or being attacked; hit by attacks or accusations; under attack. * /The soldiers stood firm under fire of the enemy./ * /The principal was under fire for not sending the boys home who stole the car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • under fire — {adv. phr.} Being shot at or being attacked; hit by attacks or accusations; under attack. * /The soldiers stood firm under fire of the enemy./ * /The principal was under fire for not sending the boys home who stole the car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Under Fire — may refer to:* Under Fire (film), a 1983 film starring Gene Hackman * Under Fire (novel) (French: Le Feu ), a novel by Henri Barbusse * Under Fire ( Dad s Army episode), an episode of the British sitcom Dad s Army * Avalon Hill s UNDER FIRE! , a… …   Wikipedia

  • Under fire — Under Un der, prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.; akin to OFries. under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG. untar, Icel. undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra below, inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf. {Inferior}.] 1. Below or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Under Fire — est un film américain réalisé par Roger Spottiswoode en 1983. Il met en vedette Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris et Jean Louis Trintignant. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • under fire — If someone is being attacked and cricitised heavily, they are under fire …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • under fire — ► under fire 1) being shot at. 2) being rigorously criticized. Main Entry: ↑fire …   English terms dictionary

  • under fire — adjective subjected to enemy attack or censure (Freq. 4) an official under fire for mismanagement • Syn: ↑under attack • Similar to: ↑vulnerable * * * under fire 1. Exposed to the enemy s fire …   Useful english dictionary

  • Under Fire — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Under Fire, auch: Unter Feuer Originaltitel Under Fire Produktionsland …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • under\ fire — adv. phr. Being shot at or being attacked; hit by attacks or accusations; under attack. The soldiers stood firm under fire of the enemy. The principal was under fire for not sending the boys home who stole the car …   Словарь американских идиом

  • under fire — being criticized. The court is under fire for being too political. Usage notes: often used with come: Mr. Johnson has come under fire for gossiping about his clients. Related vocabulary: under attack …   New idioms dictionary

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