under fire

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

under fire

  1. Subjected to enemy attack.
  2. (idiomatic) Criticized or held responsible for something.
    • 2009, Michael O'Connor, Quadrant, November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 2:
      Meanwhile, the government's own Human Services department is under fire from the Ombudsman for its failure to protect children in its care.