line of duty

noun phrase

: all that is authorized, required, or normally associated with some field of responsibility

Examples of line of duty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This also entails differentiating protocol from what is unnecessarily inhibiting employees from being creative or going beyond the line of duty in ways that are beneficial to the organization. Federico Sendra, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Monday is Peace Officers Memorial Day, on which the nation remembers officers who fell in the line of duty. Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 15 May 2023 An Alabama State Trooper is recovering after he was shot in the line of duty following a Sunday-evening pursuit in south Alabama. Carol Robinson |, al, 11 Apr. 2023 No Wisconsin officers died in the line of duty in 2022. Beck Andrew Salgado, Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2023 Services have been finalized for two Chicago firefighters whose separate back-to-back line of duty deaths early this week rocked the city, according to the fire department. Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune, 9 Apr. 2023 According to data from the U.S. Fire Administration, more first responders die of suicide than in the line of duty each year. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2023 Broward County leaders unanimously agreed Tuesday to consider a future budget item that would provide 12 months’ worth of mortgage, rent or property tax payments to the families of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2023 In 2022, 64 officers across the U.S. were shot and killed in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Hannah Ray Lambert, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of line of duty was circa 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Line of duty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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