line of fire, in the

In the path of an an attack, as in Whenever Audrey and Jeff quarrel, I take care to get out of the line of fire. This expression, dating from the mid-1800s, originally referred to the path of a bullet or other projectile, a meaning also still current. Also see firing line.


Nearby words

  1. line of apsides,
  2. line of battle,
  3. line of credit,
  4. line of demarcation,
  5. line of fire,
  6. line of fixation,
  7. line of force,
  8. line of induction,
  9. line of position,
  10. line of scrimmage

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