firing line

noun

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

Example Sentences

a brave soldier who was never far behind the firing line

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of firing line was in 1881

Dictionary Entries Near firing line

Cite this Entry

“Firing line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firing%20line. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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