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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 of front-line
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • A wonderfully short time ago he was quite a little boy; now he was in a frontline trench.

    Tales of War Lord Dunsany
  • This sector was calm enough, as frontline sectors go, when we took it over.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
Word Origin and History for frontline

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

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