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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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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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