front line


Definition of front line

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units also : front sense 2a(2)
b : an area of potential or actual conflict or struggle
2 : the most advanced, responsible, or visible position in a field or activity


front·​line | \ ˈfrənt-ˌlīn How to pronounce frontline (audio) \

Definition of frontline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : relating to, being, or involved in a front line frontline ambulances
2 : first-rate frontline teachers also : first-string a frontline goalie

Examples of front line in a Sentence

Noun These researchers are on the front line of defense against cancer. She has been working on the front lines to educate the poor. Adjective if I'm having brain surgery, I want it done at a frontline hospital
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sloviansk is near the front line of fighting as Russian and separatist forces try to take full control of the Donetsk region, which along with Luhansk is one of two eastern provinces that Russia has recognized as sovereign states. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 30 July 2022 Sloviansk is near the front line of fighting as Russian and separatist forces try to take full control of the Donetsk region, one of two eastern provinces that Russia has recognized as sovereign states. Susie Blann,, 30 July 2022 And the poorest and most vulnerable are on the front line of crisis. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 25 July 2022 Her tale isn’t of war but of being on the front line of the Civil Rights era. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 25 July 2022 Corporate changes to policies mean nothing if those who are on the front line of the organization don’t mirror the organization’s new stance. Rebecca Edwards, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Australia finds itself on the front line of the new geopolitics. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, 22 May 2022 Iryna Venediktova, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, is on the front line of a legal battle to hold Russia accountable for atrocities committed in her country. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 As new opportunities for Jewishness were opening up, the past decade also saw instances when Jews were on the front line of defending a democratic and free Ukraine. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 27 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While there is no shortage of frontline footage of arrests and protestors clashing with police, most of the running time is dedicated to placing recent events in historical and deeply personal contexts. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 27 July 2022 It’s about the early months of the pandemic in the Chinese city, through the stories of frontline medical workers, patients, and ordinary citizens. Globe Staff,, 30 June 2022 During the pandemic, Tassiello was redeployed to provide emotional support and meet basic needs for frontline medical staff working in Covid-19 units. Deb Gordon, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The company, which has long prided itself on secrecy, has seen its employees push back and speak out over issues ranging from alleged pay disparities, remote work policies and mistreatment of its frontline retail workers. Chris Isidore And Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 Many turned homes into offices and some frontline workers began risking their lives for a paycheck. David Miller, ABC News, 3 May 2022 Bowser said the portal might open to residents with chronic medical conditions and other non-frontline essential workers in the first week of February. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2021 Under Connecticut’s original vaccination plan, frontline essential workers such as grocery store workers and people with underlying conditions such as Zabarsky’s were slated to be next in line for vaccination. Emily Brindley,, 7 Mar. 2021 The college scholarship aims to support children of frontline medical workers and first responders who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of front line


circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Aug 2022

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“Front line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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