first-line

[furst-lahyn]

Origin of first-line

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples of first-line

  • In the first-line trenches they could see no one and felt uncertain what to do.

  • Her cottage, which was less than a mile from our first-line trenches, was partly in ruins.

    Kitchener's Mob

    James Norman Hall

  • Sleep is a luxury indulged in but rarely in the first-line trenches.

    Kitchener's Mob

    James Norman Hall

  • Was it dream or reality that you were walking about in the first-line German trenches?

  • He had watched their advance from the first-line British trench.


British Dictionary definitions for first-line

first-line

adjective
  1. acting or used as a first resortfirst-line treatment; first-line batsmen
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