• adjective denoting a bowler who is one of the main specialist bowlers in a team, especially one of the opening bowlers
    Citation ‘In Tasmania he refused to bowl his front-line bowlers in a bizarre protest at the actions of the local groundsman’ (Geoff Armstrong, A century of Summers: 100 years of Sheffield Shield Cricket)
  • adjective denoting a specialist batsman who bats in the top order or middle order
    Citation ‘The frontline batsmen were all at sea against an attack which was accurate, if not hostile’ (Vijay Lokapally, Sportstar [Chennai] 30 April 1994)


  • adjective relating to countries that have a border with another country in which fighting is taking place