Definition of front line in US English:

front line

(also frontline)

noun

usually the front line
  • 1The military line or part of an army that is closest to the enemy.

    as modifier ‘the front-line troops’
    • ‘We could be front-line conscripts and I'd still have an opportunity to die smiling.’
    • ‘His father said he had insisted on serving in a front-line army unit.’
    • ‘The Tories say the money is being blown on an army of pen pushers rather than front-line staff.’
    • ‘They also want to increase the time officers spend on front-line duty and patrols by Police Community Support Officers.’
    • ‘No longer were troops crammed into front-line trenches to provide easy targets for enemy artillery.’
    • ‘The logistics of getting kit first to the Gulf and then to front-line troops like Sgt Roberts was also badly flawed, he said.’
    • ‘The enemy's uncoordinated efforts proved that these were not front-line troops.’
    • ‘The airframe has been in service all over the world in a number of the Navy's front-line squadrons.’
    • ‘Like front-line soldiers, these people needed to trust and rely upon one another.’
    • ‘This scheme is designed to try and get some of them to stay, particularly front-line officers.’
    • ‘Once that phase has been mastered the students are ready to join a front-line squadron.’
    • ‘The odds were like being in a front-line regiment in Vietnam or something.’
    • ‘This sniper was standing waist high above the front line potting at some Germans 300 yard away.’
    • ‘Vehicle-mounted and manpack amplifiers were deployed in many theatres by front-line troops.’
    • ‘This policy is aimed at giving front-line staff that kind of alert list.’
    • ‘The front-line dispatches are useful tools for future commanders going to war.’
    • ‘An additional 25 officers will also be recruited for front-line duties.’
    • ‘It's a war where supply troops face many of the same risks as front-line soldiers.’
    • ‘The plan was not aimed at sending women out as front-line battle troops.’
    vanguard, van, first line, firing line, battlefield, battleground, field of battle, combat zone
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    1. 1.1 The most important or influential position in a debate or movement.
      ‘it is doctors who are on the front line of the euthanasia debate’
      • ‘One reviewer dubbed her as altogether exceptional music of grace and texture scored for a front-line city.’
      • ‘The experience that Luca is slowly gathering, will help him fight for the front line positions at the next races.’
      • ‘Its emissions of damaging greenhouse gases are negligible, yet it finds itself on the front line of change.’
      • ‘The tired politics of the 1980s have little influence on the women in the front line of the movement today.’
      • ‘Those organizations that have experimented with autonomous teams lacking front line leaders have failed in delivering sustainable results.’
      • ‘It is the children's tax credit that is the front line of our attack on poverty.’
      • ‘Is something changing on the front line of social movements and workers' struggles in France?’
      • ‘If not, the role of the BBC was bound to be caught up in the front line of the nationalist/unionist debate.’
      • ‘Dental problems in Pembrokeshire were brought to the political front line last week in a special House of Commons debate.’
      • ‘In calling the talk fest however the Minister of Sport is not positioning himself or his agenda on the front line.’
      • ‘Now the region is at the front line of an increasingly bitter debate about how we deal with all of this.’
      • ‘Wilson's comments have now thrust him into a front-line role.’
      position, formation, disposition, front, firing line
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Pronunciation

front line

/ˈˌfrənt ˈˌlīn//ˈˌfrənt ˈˌlaɪn/