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front-line

[fruhnt-lahyn] /ˈfrʌntˌlaɪn/
adjective
1.
located or designed to be used at a military front line:
a front-line ambulance helicopter.
2.
of, relating to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field:
a front-line TV reporter.
3.
highly experienced or proficient in the performance of one's duties.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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Examples from the web for frontline
  • Most of the great papers did not appear in frontline journals.
  • The frontline weapon for this electronic war is a new airborne jamming system currently in development.
  • Computer displays inside tanks and other technology will help frontline troops better discern friend from foe.
  • And it has happened in the past to train drivers and crew, and to frontline bank staff for example.
  • Their reception areas are isolated frontline structures where the security checks are done.
Word Origin and History for frontline

also front-line, 1899 (n.), 1915 (adj.), from front (adj.) + line (n.).

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