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Synonyms for line


draw the line at something


  • object to
  • prohibit
  • stop short at
  • set a limit at
  • put your foot down over

in line: in alignment


in line: under control


in line: in a queue


  • in a queue
  • in a row
  • in a column

in line for


  • due for
  • being considered for
  • a candidate for
  • shortlisted for
  • in the running for
  • on the short list for
  • next in succession to

in line with


line up


on the line


  • at risk
  • in danger
  • in an endangered position
  • in jeopardy

toe the line


Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Synonyms for line

an indentation or seam on the skin, especially on the face

a method used in dealing with something

an official or prescribed plan or course of action

a product or products bought and sold in commerce

a group of people or things arranged in a row

one's ancestors or their character or one's ancestral derivation

to place in or form a line or lines


The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Synonyms for line

a formation of people or things one beside another

a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum

a connected series of events or actions or developments


a pipe used to transport liquids or gases

acting in conformity

space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising

the maximum credit that a customer is allowed

persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress

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a short personal letter

a conceptual separation or distinction

mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it

be in line with


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cover the interior of

make a mark or lines on a surface

mark with lines

fill plentifully

reinforce with fabric

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The loose coils rapidly straightened out in a long dragging line astern, and then, instantly, the reel began to whirl.
But here's the end of the rotten line --all dripping, too.
In line 164 we do indeed find Echeneus proposing that a drink-offering should be made to Jove, but Mercury is evidently, according to our authoress, the god who was most likely to be of use to them.
{63} "My property, etc." The authoress is here adopting an Iliadic line (xix.
The tide circled like a mill-race in and out of this bight, and made it possible to raise, lower, or set a Chinese line only at slack water.
The investigator will encounter nothing less than a line of battle; there is no need of pickets, videttes, skirmishers, to give warning of our approach; our attacking lines will be visible, conspicuous, exposed to an artillery fire that will shave the ground the moment they break from cover, and for half the distance to a sheet of rifle bullets in which nothing can live.
Points, Lines, Squares, Cubes, Extra-Cubes -- we are all liable to the same errors, all alike the Slaves of our respective Dimensional prejudices, as one of your Spaceland poets has said,'One touch of Nature makes all worlds akin'."
"I should like to see him pull the wrong line," murmured George, as they passed.
SOCRATES: He only guesses that because the square is double, the line is double.
At that instant a single rifle-shot was heard, away to the front, beyond the skirmish-line, followed, almost attended, by the savage hiss of an approaching bullet which passing through the line, struck audibly, punctuating as with a full stop the captain's exclamation, "What the devil does it mean?"
Presently, as he passed through a clump of bushes, he came to the edge of a low cliff and saw upon a ledge some fifteen feet below him a German soldier prone behind an embankment of loose rock and leafy boughs that hid him from the view of the British lines. The man must have been an excellent shot, for he was well back of the German lines, firing over the heads of his fellows.
Look there!" one soldier was saying to another, pointing to a Russian musketeer who had gone up to the picket line with an officer and was rapidly and excitedly talking to a French grenadier.
The other half of the second page is made up of two paragraphs under the head of "Miscellaneous News." One of these paragraphs tells about a quarrel between the Czar of Russia and his eldest son, twenty-one and a half lines; and the other tells about the atrocious destruction of a peasant child by its parents, forty lines, or one-fifth of the total of the reading-matter contained in the paper.
The favourite metres of the T`ang poets were in lines of five or seven syllables.
Then seating himself before it, you would have seen him intently study the various lines and shadings which there met his eye; and with slow but steady pencil trace additional courses over spaces that before were blank.