Definition of “in the line of duty” - English Dictionary

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“in the line of duty” in British English

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in the line of duty

Something that happens to you in the line of duty happens when you are doing your job:

This year alone eight police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

(Definition of “in the line of duty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“in the line of duty” in American English

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in the line of duty

while doing what was expected in a particular job:

A police officer was killed in the line of duty.
Note: Used mostly about police officers, soldiers, and other people who do dangerous work.

(Definition of “in the line of duty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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