line


line
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noun
1 long thin mark on the surface of sth
ADJECTIVE
long
short
thick
fine, thin
faint

a faint white line

direct, straight
curved, jagged, wavy, zigzag
diagonal, horizontal, parallel, perpendicular, vertical
continuous, solid, unbroken
broken, dashed (AmE), dotted

Sign on the dotted line.

finish (AmE), finishing (BrE), starting (all sports)
free-throw (AmE), goal (both sports)

The ball bounced off the crossbar and fell behind the goal line.

contour
boundary, state (AmE)

the boundary line between two countries

His family lived across the state line in West Virginia.

centre/center

She crossed the centre/center line and hit an oncoming truck.

VERB + LINE
draw, mark
LINE + VERB
run
divide sth, separate sth
connect sth

The pencil line connects one box to another.

correspond to sth, denote sth, depict sth, indicate sth, mark sth, represent sth, show sth

Horizontal lines indicate the time spent executing the program.

PREPOSITION
in a line

Walk in a straight line.

PHRASES
a line of latitude, a line of longitude
2 row of people, things, words on a page, etc.
ADJECTIVE
long, short
new
continuous
VERB + LINE
form
PREPOSITION
in a/the line

The soldiers stood in a line.

on a/the line

Start each paragraph on a new line.

3 (AmE) people, etc. waiting to do sth ⇨ See also ↑queue
ADJECTIVE
long, short
checkout, lunch

supermarket checkout lines

The lunch line was long as usual.

VERB + LINE
form
PREPOSITION
in line

You'll have to wait in line like everybody else.

4 telephone, electricity, gas, etc.
ADJECTIVE
direct, trunk
power, transmission, utility (AmE)
sewer (AmE)
fuel, gas (both AmE)

There were two fuel lines coming into the engine.

phone, telephone
DSL
fax
outside, party, private

What do I dial for an outside line?

VERB + LINE
hold

Hold the line (= Don't put the receiver down), please.

LINE + VERB
be busy (AmE), be engaged (BrE)
be dead, go dead
PREPOSITION
down the line

He kept shouting down the line at me.

on the line

It's your mother on the line (= on the telephone).

on line (usually online) (= connected to a computer system)
5 transport/transportation
ADJECTIVE
rail (AmE), railway (BrE), train
subway (AmE), underground (esp. BrE)
main
branch (esp. BrE), commuter, trunk

The branch line is threatened with closure.

VERB + LINE
take

Take the green line and change at the first stop.

PREPOSITION
on a/the line

We live on the Northern Line. (BrE)

PHRASES
the end of the line
6 (usually lines) words spoken by an actor in a play
VERB + LINES
learn, practise/practice
recite, say
forget
flub (AmE), fluff (esp. BrE), mess up (esp. AmE)
miss
7 on the skin
ADJECTIVE
worry
deep

Deep lines ran from her nose to her mouth.

faint

I saw the faint lines of concern etched into his brow.

VERB + LINE
have

He has lines on his forehead.

LINE + VERB
run
appear

Deep worry lines had appeared on her forehead.

8 way of doing or thinking about sth
ADJECTIVE
broad

The broad lines of company policy are already laid down.

firm, hard, strong, tough
official, party, political
VERB + LINE
adopt, follow, pursue, take
fall into

The actions of investors do not always fall into line with financial theory.

bring sb/sth into

The other members of the board must be brought into line.

PREPOSITION
in line with (= in agreement with), out of line with (= not in agreement with)

out of line with party policies

line on

the official line on food safety

PHRASES
a line of argument, a line of reasoning

There's a problem with this line of reasoning.

a line of attack

Our approach involves two main lines of attack.

a line of enquiry/inquiry, a line of investigation, a line of questioning
a line of thought

This line of thought perturbs me.

a line of evidence (esp. AmE)

multiple lines of evidence all leading to the same conclusion

9 place where an army is fighting
ADJECTIVE
battle, defensive, firing, front, offensive (AmE)

The middle managers were in the firing line of job cuts. (figurative)

PHRASES
behind enemy lines
in the front line, on the front line
line of defence/defense

We know that intelligence is our first line of defence/defense against terrorism.

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verb
Line is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑shelf, ↑spectator, ↑tree
Line is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bottom, ↑corridor, ↑driveway, ↑edge, ↑hallway, ↑pocket, ↑road, ↑shelf, ↑shore, ↑sidewalk, ↑street, ↑wall

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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