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line of fire

noun
1.
the straight horizontal line from the muzzle of a weapon in the direction of the axis of the bore, just prior to firing.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60
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British Dictionary definitions for line of fire

line of fire

noun
1.
the flight path of a missile discharged or to be discharged from a firearm
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