See also: underfire



under fire (comparative more under fire, superlative most 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.