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A line is a continuous distance from one point to another. Some lines are straight. Some lines are crooked (not straight). Lines can take many different forms.

In these examples, the word "line" is a noun:

  • They’re standing in line.
people standing in line
  • At the end of a race, runners cross a finish line.
  • There’s a fish at the end of this line.
  • He had some very funny lines in his speech.
  • Actors have to remember their lines. (lines: memorized words spoken when acting)

The word "line" is often used as a verb and as a noun when organizing things or people:

  • Line up.
  • Get in line.
  • Try to stay in line.
  • It’s not polite to cut in line.
  • Customers form a line when waiting for service.
  • Write your name on the line.
  • Don’t color or make marks outside of the lines.

There are many expressions that include the word "line."

  • He’s getting out of line. (He’s causing trouble.)
  • Don’t step over the line. (Don’t do that; otherwise, you will face consequences.)
  • They have a lot on the line. (They are taking a risk.)
  • Lay it on the line. (Be honest.)
  • She’s just giving you a line. (She’s not being sincere or honest.)
  • This is in line with what we were thinking. (in line = closely matching)
  • There’s a fine line between those two things. (fine line = a small difference)
  • The President drew a line in the sand. (a line in the sand = a situation that can’t continue without a consequence or punishment.)
  • They’ve gone over the line. (Their behavior was really bad.)
  • It’s the end of the line. (Something is over–a project, a trip, a life.)

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January 14, 2019



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