Definition of firing line in English:

firing line

Syllabification: fir·ing line


  • 1The line of positions from which gunfire is directed at targets.
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    • Try placing your body parallel to the firing line and practice engaging target from both sides of your body.
    • First, we moved the tower close to the firing line so that the range officer in charge could influence the firing line if a problem occurred.
    • How many times had I qualified with my M - 16 and made sure the chamber was empty before leaving the firing line?
  • 1.1The front line of troops in a battle.
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    • When their own generation was on the firing line, in Vietnam, both men ardently supported the war - but disdained to fight in it.
    • It speculates that the move was in order to get the troops out of the firing line should it decide to mount attacks on the country's nuclear facilities.
    • The troops methodically march up to the firing line in columns and blast away at each other.
  • 1.2A position where one is subject to criticism or blame because of one’s responsibilities or position: the referee in the firing line is an experienced official
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    • Being in the firing line, of course, makes the fast-food chains do their best to fit in with the local culture, adapting the menu and the marketing to reflect local tastes and concerns.
    • In the firing line is the museum's director, a former Financial Times journalist appointed in 2001.
    • Next in the firing line would be those who change their positions to make life easier on themselves.

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