firing line

noun
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of firing line

1 : a line from which fire is delivered against a target
2 : the forefront of an activity used especially in the phrase on the firing line

Examples of firing line in a Sentence

  1. a brave soldier who was never far behind the firing line

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First Known Use of firing line

1881

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FIRING LINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of firing line for English Language Learners

  • : a line of soldiers who are shooting at an enemy

  • : a place or position in which someone is not protected from attack or criticism


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