in the line of duty


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in the line of duty

As a part of or during the course of one's ordinary duties in a particular job or profession. Firefighters are constantly risking their lives in the line of duty. Soldiers have to mentally prepare themselves for what they will encounter 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 ˌline of ˈduty

while doing a job: A police officer was injured in the line of duty yesterday.
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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 ".