Origin of front line
First recorded in 1915–20
- located or designed to be used at a military front line: a front-line ambulance helicopter.
- of, relating to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field: a front-line TV reporter.
- highly experienced or proficient in the performance of one's duties.
Origin of front-line
First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for frontline
Such is the view from the Pech Valley in Kunar, a frontline that appears to be holding against substantial odds.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
“We are here in the frontline of the fight against Ebola; it is the first line of defense,” Duvillier continues.Ebola Is Destroying Liberia’s Vaccination Program
Wade C.L. Williams
November 7, 2014
A guardsman told him to get on the bus, and the frontline express drove on again to Mariupol.
After talking to several drivers and passengers, I decided to climb on the frontline express myself.
For James, journalism was bearing witness, especially when it comes to frontline coverage.The James Foley I Knew in the ISIS War Zone
August 20, 2014
- military the most advanced military units or elements in a battle
- the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation
- frontline (modifier)
- of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formationfrontline troops
- Britishof, relating to, or suitable for public service and business employees who are in direct contact with the publicfrontline staff
- to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etcfrontline news
- of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflictleaders of the frontline states attended the summit
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Word Origin and History for frontline
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