Synonyms of line in English:



  • 1 he drew a line through the name a pattern of wavy lines
    dash, rule, bar, score; underline, underscore, stroke, slash, virgule, solidus; stripe, strip, band, streak, belt, striation
    technical stria
    British oblique
  • 8 a line of figures
    column, row
  • 12 she had not been listening, but pursuing her own line of thought
    course, direction, drift, tack, tendency, trend, bias, tenor
  • 13 oh, come on, don't give me that line
    patter, story, pitch, piece of fiction, fabrication
    informal spiel
  • 14 (lines) he couldn't seem to remember his lines
    words, role, part, script, speech, dialogue
  • 18 the opening line of Wilfred Owen's ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’
    sentence, phrase, group of words, prosodic unit, construction, clause, utterance; passage, extract, quotation, quote, citation, section, piece, part, snippet, sound bite, fragment, portion


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draw the line at

I draw the line at the fish-hook method on humanitarian grounds
[Antonyms] approve of
stop short ofrefuse to acceptdraw a line in the sandbaulk atobject totake issue withtake exception to informalput one's foot down about

in line

  • 1 the poor still had to stand in line for food stamps
    in a queue, in a row, in a column, in a file
  • 2 the adverts are in line with the editorial style of the magazines
    in agreement, in accord, in accordance, in harmony, in step, in conformity; in compliance, in obedience
    the adverts are in line with the editorial style of the magazines
    [Antonyms] different out of step

in line for

he was now in line for promotion a candidate forin the running foron the shortlist forshortlisted forbeing considered forunder consideration fornext in succession forlikely to receiveup forready for

lay it on the line

soon, I'm going to have to lay it on the line, tell them what really has been happening
[Antonyms] equivocate shilly-shally
speak franklybe directspeak honestlypull no punchesbe bluntnot mince one's wordscall a spade a spade informalgive it to someone straighttell it like it is

on the line

we should protect police officers whose lives are on the line at riskin dangerendangeredimperilled

toe the line

sooner or later a boy has to learn to toe the line
[Antonyms] misbehave
conformobey the rulescomply with the rulesobserve the rulesabide by the rulesadhere to the rulesact in accordance with the rulesfollow the ruleskeep to the rulesstick to the rulessubmityield informalplay it by the bookplay by the ruleskeep in step


line up

we entered the building and lined up form a queueform a lineform linesget into rows/columnsfilequeue upgroup togetherfall instraighten up MilitarydressBritish informalform a crocodile

line someone/something up

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Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
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Synonyms of line in English:



  • a cardboard box lined with a blanket
    cover, put a lining in, back, put a backing on, interline, face, panel, inlay, reinforce, encase; paper, decorate; stuff, fill, pack, pad
    archaic ceil


line one's pockets

informal he had lined his pockets with campaign funds make moneyaccept bribesembezzle moneysiphon off money informalfeather one's nestgraftbe on the makebe on the take

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