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under fire

This page is about the idiom 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

a. making good TV programs

b. not showing enough advertisements

c. not reporting news that embarrasses the government

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Contributor: Matt Errey