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Difference between Fire line and Line of fire

fire line

1. a strip of cleared or ploughed land intended to check a forest fire:

  • It became clear that the truck would survive once it outsped the fire line.

2. a police barrier around a building on fire:

  • It is the responsibility of the police department to keep unauthorized persons outside this fire line.

line of fire—(also: firing line)

1. the path of a missile discharged from a firearm:

  • Large dugouts were built … so that they were not directly in line of fire from enemy guns.

2. a position where one is likely to come under attack, receive punishment, etc.:

  • Modern art is the cause of much argument, so the writer has placed himself in the line of fire between the two sides.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase line of battle—(Military) a line formed by troops or ships for delivering or receiving an attack:

  • The enemy were discovered drawn up in line of battle on the heights near Sharpsburg.