front line

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n. also front line
1. A front or boundary, especially one between military, political, or ideological positions.
2. Basketball See frontcourt.
3. Football The linemen of a team.
4. Sports The players who play farthest forward, as in volleyball.
adj. or front-line
1. Located or used at a military front.
2. Of or relating to the most advanced or important position or activity in a field or undertaking: "elicited candid revelations from many of the front-line executives ... and doggedly followed the money trail down all its byways" (Steve Fraser).
3. Sports
a. Of or relating to the frontline.
b. Being a member of the regular team; first-string: a team in need of a frontline catcher.
4. Performing the most basic tasks or interacting directly with customers, patients, or clients: a frontline caregiver; frontline caseworkers.

front line

1. (Military) military the most advanced military units or elements in a battle
2. the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation
3. (modifier)
a. of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formation: frontline troops.
b. Brit of, relating to, or suitable for public service and business employees who are in direct contact with the public: frontline staff.
c. to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etc: frontline news.
d. of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflict: leaders of the frontline states attended the summit.

front′ line′

2. the visible forefront in any action, activity, or field.


1. located or designed to be used at a military front line: a front-line helicopter.
2. of, pertaining to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field: front-line athletics.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.front line - the line along which opposing armies face each otherfront line - the line along which opposing armies face each other
battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor, field - a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields"
line - a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops); "they attacked the enemy's line"

front line

n (Mil) → prima linea
References in classic literature ?
Before stationing his men the young officer of whom we are writing had pointed out to his two sergeants the spot at which he would be found if it should be necessary to consult him, or if his presence at the front line should be required.
and you can take my word for it, if the battalion hasn't too much of a start we catch up and go over the breastworks with the front line.
I am less affected by their heroism who stood up for half an hour in the front line at Buena Vista, than by the steady and cheerful valor of the men who inhabit the snowplow for their winter quarters; who have not merely the three-o'-clock-in-the-morning courage, which Bonaparte thought was the rarest, but whose courage does not go to rest so early, who go to sleep only when the storm sleeps or the sinews of their iron steed are frozen.
Meantime Ulysses and his son fell upon the front line of the foe and smote them with their swords and spears; indeed, they would have killed every one of them, and prevented them from ever getting home again, only Minerva raised her voice aloud, and made every one pause.
As he neared the front lines the troops became more numerous.
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In l939 a host of pens took to paper Composing litany to war As tanks rolled across the wire, But only the silent singer Without sight or limb, Became ghost arising from flames Of fire to join The nameless dance, And sing the unheard hymn Linking front line and city square.
It seems there is a different interpretation to what this actually means, but the simple numerical facts are that front line services are being cut, and there are fewer police on the beat to fight crime, and even more disturbing is that the cuts haven't really started to bite ST Vaughan, Yardley Wood, Birmingham
The inspectorate said front line means "those in everyday contact with the public and who directly intervene to keep people safe and enforce the law".