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first-line

[ furst-lahyn ]
/ ˈfɜrstˈlaɪn /
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adjective

available for immediate service, especially combat service: first-line troops.
of prime importance or quality.

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Origin of first-line

First recorded in 1895–1900
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first-line

adjective

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