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front line

  1. front(def 9).
  2. the visible forefront in any action, activity, or field: TV reporters are constantly involved in the front line of events.
  3. Football. front four.
  4. Basketball. front court(def 2b).
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Origin of front line

First recorded in 1915–20


  1. located or designed to be used at a military front line: a front-line ambulance helicopter.
  2. of, relating to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field: a front-line TV reporter.
  3. highly experienced or proficient in the performance of one's duties.
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Origin of front-line

First recorded in 1910–15
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Historical Examples of frontline

  • This sector was calm enough, as frontline sectors go, when we took it over.

  • A wonderfully short time ago he was quite a little boy; now he was in a frontline trench.

    Tales of War

    Lord Dunsany

British Dictionary definitions for frontline

front line

  1. military the most advanced military units or elements in a battle
  2. the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation
  3. frontline (modifier)
    1. of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formationfrontline troops
    2. Britishof, relating to, or suitable for public service and business employees who are in direct contact with the publicfrontline staff
    3. to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etcfrontline news
    4. 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

also front-line, 1899 (n.), 1915 (adj.), from front (adj.) + line (n.).

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