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.

1855–60 Unabridged
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line of fire
the flight path of a missile discharged or to be discharged from a firearm

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Example sentences
And our great fear of microbes in our food also fuels the killing because
  enzymes are in the line of fire.
Re-instate the draft, except this time the soldiers are never in the line of
  fire, so there won't be any public outcry.
Now, however, politicians have brought the accounting regime directly into
  their line of fire.
It is good to see progress and advancements have been made to help get soldiers
  out of the line of fire.
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