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firing line

noun
1.
Military.
  1. the positions at which troops are stationed to fire upon the enemy or targets.
  2. the troops firing from this line.
2.
the forefront of any action or activity, especially a controversy.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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Examples from the web for firing line
  • Officiating any sporting event automatically puts you on the firing line.
  • Dumped on from above and resented from below, they are often first in the firing line when cuts are made.
  • Yet things often look decidedly more unnerving from the vantage point of the executive on the firing line.
  • He constantly sent fresh troops to relieve those exhausted by the attrition of the firing line.
  • Intercom system should allow communication between rangemaster and firing line.
  • Action on uncased guns shall be open when not on the firing line.
  • No spectators allowed at shooting benches on the firing line while shooting occurs.
  • All firearms must be pointed downrange while on the firing line.
  • Hats with bills and ear protection are required near the firing line.
  • Those who bring their own shotguns must keep them unloaded and cased until brought to the firing line.
British Dictionary definitions for firing line

firing line

noun
1.
(military)
  1. the positions from which fire is delivered
  2. the soldiers occupying these positions
2.
the leading or most advanced position in an activity
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