firing line

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  1. Military.

    • the positions at which troops are stationed to fire upon the enemy or targets.

    • the troops firing from this line.

  2. the forefront of any action or activity, especially a controversy.

Origin of firing line

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for firing line

firing line

  1. military

    • the positions from which fire is delivered

    • the soldiers occupying these positions

  2. the leading or most advanced position in an activity

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