Please, help me to understand what does "draw ire" mean in the following phrase:

Game industry vet draws ire from developers for defense of 80-hour workweeks.

Does it mean that some veteran developer angers other developers, or the opposite - gets their support when he defends 80-hour workweek?

Of course, after reading the whole article, I get some idea, but it would be nice to understand the meaning of the title without reading the whole piece. (The source: http://www.polygon.com/2016/4/18/11452564/would-you-want-to-work-for-this-guy)

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    It's a rather pretentious (mock-formal, dated) usage. Most people in most contexts would use attracts [angry] criticism. Draw: to bring toward oneself or itself, as by inherent force or influence; attract, ire: intense anger; wrath. The veteran developer angers other developers for = because of his support for 80-hour week working (other developers would presumably favour a more manageable 35-hour week). Apr 20 '16 at 14:20
  • @FumbleFingers: thank you for your answer! It is clear and really should be added as one.
    – InitK
    Apr 20 '16 at 15:07
  • You haven't really explained why you had trouble understanding the cited text. I don't think you should have had any trouble finding the relevant definitions of draw and ire as given above. Are you really saying that you might have interpreted, say, John attracted anger from Jack for defending gay marriage as meaning that John deliberately made Jack angry so that Jack's anger could somehow be used to support the cause of gay marriage? Apr 20 '16 at 15:15
  • The term draw fire is much more widely used: in peacetime, the meaning is strictly figurative,
    – JavaLatte
    Apr 20 '16 at 15:17
  • I don't know if draw ire is really dated - if anything, it's gotten substantially more common in the last 30 years. I was surprised to see that draw fire is actually more common, but it's not exactly the same thing - "draw fire" is kind of a metaphorical usage, whereas "draw ire" is just a collocation: when I think of "VERB ire", the verb is almost always "draw".
    – stangdon
    Apr 20 '16 at 16:39

"Draw" used to mean "pull" or "attract". You still hear it once in a while: you "draw" cards from a deck, a celebrity can "draw" a crowd. Think about the word drawer.

"Ire" means anger or irritation.

"Draw ire" is an old-fashioned way to say "get people mad".

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