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under fire

Meaning: You're under fire if you're being attacked by the media or cricitised by many people.

For example:

  • The Defence Minister has been under fire since it was reported that injured soldiers have been getting poor medical care.

  • OPEC is under fire because of the high price of oil.

Quick Quiz:

The government-run TV station has come under fire for
  1. making good TV programs
  2. not showing enough advertisements
  3. not reporting news that embarrasses the government

Discuss: under fire

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