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In the line of fire


In a dangerous position. ‘Fire’ is used as gun fire, so to be in the line of gunfire would be deadly. (Compare to Hit the mark.)

“I got this black eye because my dad was mad at my mom and she threw a shoe at him but it hit me instead because I was in the line of fire.”

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