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frontliner

[ fruhnt-lahy-ner ]
/ ˈfrʌntˌlaɪ nər /
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noun
an essential worker whose job depends on in-person interactions and may involve some risk; a frontline worker, especially in policing, healthcare, emergency services, public transit, grocery, warehouse, and delivery work: The hand-printed sign outside the emergency clinic read, “Thank you, frontliners!”
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Origin of frontliner

First recorded in 1970–75; in 1895–1900 for an earlier sense “a person in the forefront”; front line + -er1
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