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line of fire

the straight horizontal line from the muzzle of a weapon in the direction of the axis of the bore, just prior to firing.
Origin of line of fire
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • While there were people in the vicinity, no one was in the line of fire.
British Dictionary definitions for line of fire

line of fire

the flight path of a missile discharged or to be discharged from a firearm
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