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come under

Meaning: to suddenly experience or suffer something dangerous or unpleasant

For example:

  • come under sth Our soldiers have come under some heavy artillery attacks overnight.

  • come under sth The government is coming under pressure from drug companies to ban the importation of medicines.

Nouns often used as objects with
come under: attack, criticism, fire, pressure, scrutiny, threat, stress, strain

Quick Quiz:

The president has been coming under fire for
  1. keeping warm
  2. doing a good job
  3. criticising a policeman

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