caught in the crossfire

Caught in the crossfire is a cliche which refers to being caught in the middle of two people or groups of people. If you are caught in the crossfire, you are right in the middle of a fight so figuratively, it transfers to being caught in the middle of an argument or fight between two people, typically those which you are familiar with. Caught in the crossfire can also be a more broad generalization of being caught between to larger groups in which it is difficult remaining neutral.