in the line of duty


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in the line of duty

Fig. as part of one's expected duties. When soldiers fight people in a war, it's in the line of duty. Police officers have to do things they may not like in the line of duty.
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in the line of duty

while doing what was expected in a particular job A police officer was killed in the line of duty while chasing a suspect.
Usage notes: mostly used about police and others who do dangerous work
See also: duty, line, of

in the line of duty

if you do something in the line of duty, or if something happens to you in the line of duty, you do it or it happens as a part of your job He was killed in the line of duty.
See also: duty, line, of
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The Minnesota 100 Club, founded in 1972, raises money for distribution to Minnesota law enforcement, firefighters and other public servants who are permanently disabled in the line of duty or to their survivors in the event they lose their life in the line of duty.
Those familiar with Hecht's career know that despite these stated desires, he traveled often in the line of duty for Elanco.
Sag Harbor,(36) officers who became disabled due to illness or off-duty injury were required to use their sick leave and their benefits, while officers injured in the line of duty and unable to perform their patrol duties would be assigned light-duty jobs compatible with their condition.
37) Despite the department's contention that the policy was imposed to enable the taxpayers to receive some benefit from the salary provided officers injured in the line of duty, the court questioned whether the department ".