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Firing line   /fˈaɪrɪŋ laɪn/   Listen
Firing line

The line from which soldiers deliver fire.
The most advanced and responsible group in an activity.

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"Firing line" Quotes from Famous Books

... luck. And when he called for volunteers, three or four stepped up at once. The others made a general milling, as though each were trying to get forward and each were prevented by the crowd in front. But in the background big Jack Landis was seriously trying to get to the firing line. He was encumbered with the ...
— Gunman's Reckoning • Max Brand

... any rate, we're a very comfortable distance behind the firing line. This has been the advanced base for the Kut show. By river we are 130 miles above Basra and about the same below Kut. The action there on the 27th and 28th was a great success, but the pursuit was unfortunately hung up and prevented our reaping quite the full fruits. This was partly due to ...
— Letters from Mesopotamia • Robert Palmer

... curtain and the show. He was seldom absent from the Orders-in-Council convention, commonly known as Parliament. He was again and again acting Premier. He cared little for Imperial Conferences. His war was at home. His firing line was all over Canada. He was the most stay-at-home and sedulous of our ministers. He worked while others slept or sailed the seas. No Victory Loan advertisement proof escaped the eagle eye of this ex-newspaperman before it went to press. He scanned and ...
— The Masques of Ottawa • Domino

Words linked to "Firing line" :   class, social class, stratum, socio-economic class, line

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