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firing line

noun
1.
Military.
  1. the positions at which troops are stationed to fire upon the enemy or targets.
  2. the troops firing from this line.
2.
the forefront of any action or activity, especially a controversy.
Origin of firing line
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
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  • The others stand at the firing line and throw their ducks at his.

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  • We had three Battalions in the firing line and two in reserve.

  • "You talk as if we were on the firing line," said Grace hysterically.

  • The place selected was Vicenza, about fifteen miles from the firing line.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy
  • My job was "action on the firing line" and not lolling in security as a guest of an enemy!

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for firing line

firing line

noun
1.
(military)
  1. the positions from which fire is delivered
  2. the soldiers occupying these positions
2.
the leading or most advanced position in an activity
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