to draw fire

Idiom Definition

"to draw fire"

to attract criticism

Idiom Definition - to draw fire


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to draw fire

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  Are you really going to propose a fifty percent reduction in management levels?

Executive 2:  I believe it's what needs to happen to keep this company viable.

Executive 1:  You know that this idea is very controversial and that you will be criticized heavily?

Executive 2:  I expect to draw a little fire, yes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to draw fire

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  Have you heard about the School Board's new proposal?

Teacher 2:  No. What's happening?

Teacher 1:  The Board is talking about asking teachers to supervise the lunch program.

Teacher 2:  As volunteers?

Teacher 1:  No.  As part of our teaching duties.

Teacher 2:  That's going to draw a lot of fire.

to draw fire - Usage:


to draw fire - Gerund Form:

Drawing fire can be a result of expressing controversial ideas.

to draw fire - Examples:

1)  Applying a punishment to Fox will only draw fire and scrutiny upon their heads.

2)  Trudeau guarantees you will be heard. But it also guarantees that you will draw fire, once in a position of authority.

3)  You'd try to hide and see what they were doing, and draw fire on them. They'd tried the same thing on us.

4)  Apollo also began to draw fire from the political right. It was a more sophisticated and subtle criticism.

5)  At any rate she is a decoy used to draw fire and make other Republicans sound almost reasonable.

6)  Baidu has had few problems with censorship because it restricts content that might draw fire from the government, such as information related to Tibetan independence. 

7)  As far as I am concerned, if I draw fire from those fools, I am doing the right thing.

8)  The plan then is to intentionally draw fire onto schools, hospitals, baby milk factories, etc... for the propaganda value.

9)  The program has drawn fire from critics, who liken it to streaming.

10)  The pricey delicacy has drawn fire in recent years for the inhumane way in which its main ingredient is harvested.

11)  Lonard had already drawn fire for earlier comments on homosexuality.

12)  Plans for the highway have drawn fire from environmental and human rights groups concerned about its potential impact on the rainforest 

13)  The merger vote was seen as a key victory for Fiorina, who had drawn fire for ordering massive layoffs and for her top-down management style.

14)  The context in which the impeachment is taking place has drawn fire from many quarters including fellow lawyers. 

15)  It would mean people could speak out without drawing fire

16)  He's keeping his promises, and of course drawing fire from the right as a result. This looks like someone we can support. 

17)  It became a worldwide craze, enjoying immense popularity among young people and drawing fire from critics who felt it was too provocative.

18)  A conservative member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is drawing fire after his own fire and brimstone denunciation of some major scientific theories.

19)  Hastert's position, which is drawing fire from Democrats and some outside groups, is the latest step in a decade-long process.

20)  Even that modest change to Social Security is drawing fire, however, from a powerful network of organizations representing the elderly.