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Draw someone's fire attract hostile criticism away from a more important target.

draw the longbow make exaggerated statements about one's own achievements, boast; the term is recorded from the early 19th century.

whosoever draws his sword against the prince must throw the scabbard away anyone who tries to assassinate or depose a monarch must remain constantly on the defence, so that his sword can never return to its scabbard. Saying recorded from the early 17th century.

See also draw the line at, draw the short straw.

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