- (military) A front, or a boundary between opposing positions.
- A site of a conflict, effort, or controversial matter of any kind.
2004 December 20, “Reading problems? It's time to consider phonics”, in Chicago Tribune:
- With such results possible on the front line of teaching, the only question remaining is whether much of the education industry will overcome its ....
- The site of interaction with outsiders, such as customers.
1990, “The performing art of service management.”, in Management Review:
- As one front line worker expressed it in a focus group, good managers "have a way about them" that makes them credible to others. ...
- (euphemistic) A low level.
1949 September 27, “Field's Holds its Workers in High Respect”, in Chicago Tribune:
- Each of us, from top brass down to the front line worker, wishes to feel the satisfaction of doing something worth while and doing it well.
- (soccer) attack, collectively the attackers or forwards.
2011 January 25, Paul Fletcher, “Arsenal 3 - 0 Ipswich (agg 3 - 1)”, in BBC:
- The home team eventually started to unpick the Town defence and Fabregas forced a saved from visiting goalkeeper Marton Fulop after collecting a pass from Bendtner, who played on the right side of the front line.
(low level work):
- the trenches
military boundary between opposing positions