Definition of firing line in English:

firing line

noun

  • 1The line of positions from which gunfire is directed at targets.

    • ‘A few weeks ago, while at the range, I heard the thud my ear muffs made when they were knocked to the concrete firing line.’
    • ‘Targets should be a safe distance from the firing line.’
    • ‘After 18 months of hard use, I succeeded in knocking my electronic earmuffs onto the concrete pad of the firing line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With ‘passive’ ear protection, anyone wanting to converse on a firing line must lift up an ear muff or pull out an ear plug.’
    • ‘After one person completes an entry for score, the other prepares their equipment, and they come back to the firing line, changing roles.’
    • ‘From where I was at the center of the range behind the firing line, I heard the late shot on my right, and turned in time to see a cloud of dust rising from his feet.’
    • ‘Even with steady shooting, normal sounds are still heard without interruption, providing the shooter with maximum safety on the firing line.’
    • ‘It's better to have a friend hand you the rifle at the firing line with safety on, sometimes with a round chambered and sometimes empty.’
    • ‘He stitched a long line of rounds across the firing line, emptying both clips.’
    • ‘How many times had I qualified with my M - 16 and made sure the chamber was empty before leaving the firing line?’
    • ‘The range features a spacious, brightly lit, climate-controlled firing line with 10 lanes.’
    • ‘Try placing your body parallel to the firing line and practice engaging target from both sides of your body.’
    • ‘That's because classes there were usually as large as 24 students and four or five instructors were needed to monitor the firing line.’
    • ‘They are a measured 72 yards from the firing line.’
    front line, vanguard, van, first line, battlefield, battleground, field of battle, combat zone
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    1. 1.1 The front line of troops in a battle.
      • ‘When their own generation was on the firing line, in Vietnam, both men ardently supported the war - but disdained to fight in it.’
      • ‘In both world wars of the 20th century, dogs were also used to carry messages to and from the firing line, as they could move much faster than human runners and presented a smaller target to the enemy.’
      • ‘The troops methodically march up to the firing line in columns and blast away at each other.’
      • ‘As the bickering and trading continues in order to gain international support for military action, those near the firing line daren't risk waiting on a breakthrough.’
      • ‘In a time of war there tends to be more of a sense of national pride because British troops are in the firing line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We found ourselves chasing tanks whose crews decided to move from the staging area, past the ammunition point, and directly to the firing line without talking to the tower.’
      • ‘Almost every one of these officers, and many others lost on the firing line were gentlemen officers.’
      front line, vanguard, van, first line, battlefield, battleground, field of battle, combat zone
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  • 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’
    • ‘Senior police officers will be in the firing line at a special meeting designed to let communities have their say on the way their neighbourhoods are policed.’
    • ‘But sources say the report was one-sided, and responses from those in the firing line were almost totally ignored.’
    • ‘But one of the activists in the firing line says they're a draconian attack on shareholder democracy.’
    • ‘Amid the heat raised around stock transfer, tenants on the interim management committee have found themselves in the firing line.’
    • ‘She then realised, to her horror, that she might be first in the firing line for responses the next morning in a prearranged interview with Radio Scotland.’
    • ‘Those in the firing line initially are heavy smokers and those who don't take enough exercise, though how these conditions are defined and whether they might be extended is not clear.’
    • ‘In the firing line is the museum's director, a former Financial Times journalist appointed in 2001.’
    • ‘The paper has previously been in the firing line of the government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today, when the abuse begins, he will be in the firing line.’
    • ‘Next in the firing line would be those who change their positions to make life easier on themselves.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire's biggest newspaper today makes it clear that the area is not prepared to be placed in the firing line for what is an unproven, strategically dubious and highly contentious project.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I don't know how to run a market and I would be very careful before supporting something that may put us in the firing line more than we should be.’’
    • ‘Scarborough Council has been in the firing line over the issue since Government inspectors criticised its record on recouping overpayments and investigating fraud.’
    • ‘But in focusing on Africa, the government has put itself squarely in the firing line, raising public expectations that credible action will finally be taken to address Africa's continuing problems.’
    • ‘It is a great shame that once again, council staff are in the firing line over sickness levels.’
    • ‘Last week he had found himself in the firing line and accused of being anti-taxi drivers.’
    • ‘The construction millionaire, however, will be spared partly because no other board member is currently ready to replace him in the firing line.’
    • ‘However, he claimed that this put journalists in the firing line, with governments keen to muzzle the press during times of crisis.’
    • ‘Nothing ever happens, but one day it will and I'll either be in the firing line or get the blame.’
    position, formation, disposition, front, front line
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Pronunciation

firing line

/ˈfī(ə)riNG ˈˌlīn//ˈfaɪ(ə)rɪŋ ˈˌlaɪn/