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 or expected to receive 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 ?
Each group of three divisions was wired to a general, and the five generals were wired to the great Oyama himself, who sat ten miles back of the firing-line and sent his orders.
The "firing-line" of the brute-men wielded no weapon other than their long fiber nooses.
Clearly a hard ball travelling at 90mph is a dangerous, potentially lethal missile, but everything that can be done to protect those in the 'firing-line' is being done.
When inclement weather gets you down and your practice sessions become limited, look to Saunders' Firing-Line. The Firing-Line is a release-aid checker, conditioner and practice tool that can conveniently be stored away in your suitcase or briefcase.