Definition of in the line of duty in US English:

in the line of duty

phrase

  • While one is working (used mainly of police officers, firefighters, or soldiers).

    • ‘The Minister said 241 police officers had died in the line of duty over the last 141 years.’
    • ‘We will not stop searching until we have accounted for every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine missing in the line of duty.’
    • ‘The organisation helps firefighters and their families who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.’
    • ‘He called on the government to review its provision of payments for soldiers injured or killed in the line of duty to prevent the need to buy private insurance.’
    • ‘Just four years before, Connor's dad had been killed in the line of duty.’
    • ‘It was a very emotional time for me as it was for a lot of people in the Gardaí. Two of our members had been shot dead in the line of duty.’
    • ‘The number of journalists killed in the line of duty rose to its highest level in nearly a decade last year.’
    • ‘In the United States, in the last three months, we've lost about 56 police officers in the line of duty.’
    • ‘Servicemen and women disabled in the line of duty trust the government will provide for them.’
    • ‘It has provided more than $15 million to families of military personnel lost in the line of duty.’