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first-line

[furst-lahyn] /ˈfɜrstˈlaɪn/
adjective
1.
available for immediate service, especially combat service:
first-line troops.
2.
of prime importance or quality.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for first-line

first-line

adjective
1.
acting or used as a first resort: first-line treatment, first-line batsmen
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