firing line

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firing line

1. In battle, a line of soldiers armed and ready to fire on an enemy. Our firing line will be able to push back the enemy, I'm sure of it.
2. A place where one is vulnerable to criticism. I'm not going into the boss's office right now—I'm not ready to be on the firing line this early in the morning!
See also: firing, line
References in classic literature ?
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.
Today, ranges are more often partitioned with berms, walls or tunnels separating the firing lines, but the caution still applies.
If you drop something like, say, a magazine, never move or reach forward of the firing line to retrieve it until a cease fire is called.
A retrospective of old Firing Lines is shown as a warm-up for the crowd, and there we get to see the very young Jesse Jackson, the very furious William Kunstler, the very urbane J.
Tonight sees the recording of the very last of William Buckley's Firing Line shows.
I did my first Firing Line in 1983 and swiftly learned that if I left the studio cursing at what I hadn't said, it was my own fault.
The show was Uncommon Knowledge, chaired by Peter Robinson, and one hopes that this will now succeed Firing Line on public television.