Word forms: firing lines
1. countable noun If you are in the firing line in a conflict, you are in a position where someone is aiming their gun at you. ⇒ Any hostages in the firing line would have been sacrificed. ⇒ He was sure he would pin down the enemy between two firing lines. 2. singular noun [usu in/out of N] If you say that someone is in the firing line, you mean that they are being criticized, blamed, or attacked for something. ⇒ Foreign banks are in the firing line too. ⇒ Young players found themselves too much in the firing line.
COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary. Copyright © Harper Collins Publishers