firing line


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

a brave soldier who was never far behind the firing line

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Bommarito said firefighters used that to their advantage overnight as hand crews cut about a mile of fire line in an effort to contain the blaze. Hannah Fry,, "175-acre Laguna Beach brush fire is 85% contained, firefighters say," 6 June 2018 Oklahoma forestry officials said Monday that the Rhea fire, which had burned 448 square miles (1,160 square kilometers) was 74 percent contained but not expected to spread beyond existing fire lines because of higher humidity and lighter winds. Washington Post, "After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue," 23 Apr. 2018 More than 130 fire personnel were working on the fire Friday, and crews were expected to continue building fire lines and using air suppression. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Wildfire burning near Bisbee grows to 8,000 acres," 8 June 2018 Firefighters are trying to stay ahead of the flames, digging fire lines and laying hose in case gusty winds send embers flying. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "Flash flooding feared as Colorado wildfires rage," 15 June 2018 But the constant rapid-fire line of movies shooting never happened. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney-MGM Studios moves on from Hollywood dreams to theme park reality," 14 June 2018 Light rain and snow fell across the area mid-week, helping the nearly 700 fire personnel gain ground and strengthen fire lines. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Tinder Fire: 41 homes damaged or destroyed in 12,000-acre wildfire," 3 May 2018 Most of the day will be driving from camp to the fire line and then working. Noah Davis, Popular Mechanics, "Tough Jobs: "Hotshot" Wildland Firefighter," 14 Oct. 2015 Crews are focusing on continuing to secure the fire line, Ralph Lucas, operations section chief for the Tinder Fire, said. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Tinder Fire evacuees head home amid warning of increased fire potential across Southwest," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of firing line

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of firing line

: 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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