firing line


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firing line

n.
1. The line of positions from which fire is directed at a target.
2. The forefront of an activity or pursuit; the vanguard.

firing line

n
1. (Military) military
a. the positions from which fire is delivered
b. the soldiers occupying these positions
2. the leading or most advanced position in an activity

fir′ing line`


n.
1.
a. the positions at which troops are stationed to fire upon the enemy or targets.
b. the troops firing from this line.
2. the forefront of any action or activity, esp. a controversy.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firing line - the line from which soldiers deliver firefiring line - the line from which soldiers deliver fire
line - a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops); "they attacked the enemy's line"
2.firing line - the most advanced and responsible group in an activity; "the firing line is where the action is"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
Translations

firing line

nlinea del fuoco
to be in the firing line (fig) (liable to be criticized) → essere sulla linea del fuoco
References in classic literature ?
Instantly the scene changed as by magic; the foremost vessel swung broadside toward us, and bringing her guns into play returned our fire, at the same time moving parallel to our front for a short distance and then turning back with the evident intention of completing a great circle which would bring her up to position once more opposite our firing line; the other vessels followed in her wake, each one opening upon us as she swung into position.
A second volley stopped them for an instant, and then my reserve sprang through the openings in the firing line to engage them with sword and shield.
He was her captain, and she a mere unit in the firing line. It was a privilege to do what she was told.
It was the right hand, and until it healed the man could be of no further use in the firing line; nor was the case serious enough for admission to a crowded field-hospital; and Connal himself offered his services as custodian of a number of our horses which we were keeping out of harm's way in a donga.
HOPES are rising for an end to the stand-off that put a primary school in the firing line.
ONE of Scotland's national institutions has been put in the sponsorship firing line - literally!
WALTER Smith is ready to pull teenage striking prodigy Francis Jeffers out of the Premiership firing line.
DON HUTCHISON last night vowed to shoot down his hometown team and seal his place in Scotland's Euro 2000 firing line.
SHANE WARNE tomorrow puts himself in the "firing line" in his bid to play against England.
ANNE KEOTHAVONG put herself in the firing line yesterday to help promote grassroots tennis.
Gerrard praised Katic's character but insists he was only taken out of the firing line for his own good.
"Then you see how he takes some clog, the more it's going on you just think 'well, hang on, I just want to take him out of the firing line'.