on the firing line


: in a place or position not protected from attack or criticism
School administrators are not on the firing line every day like the teachers are.

Examples of on the firing line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With al-Shifa largely evacuated and still being searched by Israeli soldiers, another medical facility in northern Gaza was on the firing line: this time the Indonesian Hospital, where many wounded had been sent after al-Shifa ceased functioning. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Media workers have often found themselves on the firing line. WIRED, 25 Oct. 2023 With our nation’s declining trust in higher education, prominent universities are rightfully on the firing line to reinforce the value of education as a tool for social and economic mobility. Time, 18 July 2023 However, if Matt LaFleur plays them and someone gets hurt, the coach will be on the firing line. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 Chicago is a team that was ravaged by Covid-19 absences, has a coach who is likely on the firing line and is led by an inexperienced rookie quarterback who has a tendency to make key mistakes. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 David Kenny, 60, the chief executive of Nielsen, is on the firing line and will have to prove to clients his company is evolving with the times. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 Once overseas, the Montford Point men were kept in supply units, carrying ammunition and material rather than serving on the firing line. Joe Swickard, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2021 The reporters and editors on the firing line that fateful morning in 1944 went on to greater things in the postwar world. Jim Minter, ajc, 6 June 2018

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“On the firing line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20firing%20line. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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