- 1 countable 1.1 (mark, trace)(Mathematics)can you walk a straight line?to draw a line¿puedes caminar en línea recta?to put o draw a line through somethingtrazar una líneato sign on the dotted linetachar algoto be on the line [colloquial]firmar en la línea punteada or de puntosto lay it on the line [colloquial]estar en peligroI'm going to lay it on the line with you …no andarse con rodeosto lay o put something on the line [colloquial]no me voy a andar con rodeos …te lo voy a decir claramente …I laid my life on the line for you!jugarse algo¡me jugué la vida por ti!Example sentences1.2 (on face, palm)
(wrinkle)Example sentences1.3 (of cocaine)
- Put your measuring tape on the floor, mark a line at 15 in then mark a line at 40 in.
- The red line drawn on the ground in the Mitte District marks where the wall stood.
- I huddled close to Mark, seeing the line of orange light on the carpet where the thick curtains didn't meet properly.
- Although the effects of laser resurfacing can last for years, wrinkles and expression lines recur as skin ages.
- Skin damage, including lines and wrinkles, can actually start showing up in your 20s.
- His hair is graying already, he has grey stubble on his chin, wrinkles, laugh lines, and crows feet.
- Now, I have the odd pint and maybe the odd line of cocaine on a special occasion.
- He told police that he had snorted two lines of cocaine that evening, December 11 last year, but claimed the drug had no effect.
- He also told the jury he had had four lines of cocaine and ten pints of lager that evening.
- 2 2.1 countable (boundary, border) the county/state line (American English)to cross o pass the Line(la línea de) la frontera del condado/estadothe dividing linecruzar el Ecuador or la línea ecuatorialthere's a fine line between bluntness and rudenessla línea divisoriato draw the line (at something)I don't mind untidiness, but I draw the line at thisde la franqueza a la mala educación hay solo un pasoone has to draw the line somewhereno me importa el desorden, pero esto es intolerable or esto ya es demasiadoto tread o walk a thin o fine lineen algún momento hay que decir basta2.2 countable (Sport) twenty-two meter line (in rugby) (before noun) line judge/faultandar or caminar en la cuerda flojahe disputed the line calljuez (masculine and feminine) /falta (feminine) de línea2.3 countable or uncountable (contour) the clean lines of the new designprotestó contra la decisión del juez de líneala pureza de líneas del nuevo diseñoExample sentences
- Smooth sensual lines and bold designs feature in a combination of glazed and matt finishes for a stylish contemporary result.
- This urban contemporary collection keeps things in perspective with simple forms, clean lines and subtle shapes.
- Classics are styles that have been popular for years because of their clean lines and utilitarian features.
- The communications revolution has blurred traditional class lines.
- A lot has been made over the last couple of years of the lines being blurred between news and entertainment.
- In southern Louisiana, a fierce love of place cuts across lines of class and religion.
- 3 3.1 countable or uncountable (cable, rope)also: clothes o, washing linealso: fishing line3.2 countable (Telecom) the lines are downthere's a call for you on line oneno hay líneait's your father on the linetiene una llamada en la línea unothere's some interference on the linesu padre al teléfonolo llama su padrehold the line, pleasehay interferencia en la líneait's a very bad lineno cuelgue or (in Southern Cone also) no corte, por favorwe have a direct line to the police stationse oye muy maltenemos línea directa con la comisaríaExample sentences
- I seem to remember reading something about a study that showed a definite link between high voltage lines and increased cancer risk.
- He said that whatever electricity lines came from the sub-station would be carried on wooden poles.
- Their primary concern is the potential health risks associated with high voltage overhead lines.
- 4 countable (Transport) 4.1 (company, service) shipping line4.2 (Railways)línea de transportes marítimos(track) (British English)Example sentences
- He then managed to find a hole in the fence by the railway line and ran onto the tracks.
- Residents in Station Road are angry that trees have been chopped down to prevent leaves falling on to the railway line.
- Last week in South Yorkshire a metal pole was placed on a railway line which pierced the underneath of a passenger carriage.
- Visions of a metro system, light railways, reopened suburban lines and new tram links have been held out in front of us.
- Other than the expressway, two dedicated railway lines have been planned to connect Bangalore to Devanahalli.
- I'm now sat on the train from London to Braintree, a town at the end of a branch line off the main capital to coast route.
- Already, the major shipping lines want to reduce the number of calls made to ports in north-west Europe.
- All the major lines offer a number of routes and cruise itineraries for the Caribbean.
- Yes, there is life even after retirement with plenty of openings in ship building industry and shipping lines.
- 5 uncountable and countable 5.1 (path, direction) line of fireline of retreatlínea de fuegosupply lineslínea de retiradait was right in my line of visionlíneas de suministro→ resistance 5.2 (attitude, policy) to take a firm/hard line (with somebody/on something)me obstruía la visualthe official line is that …adoptar una postura or línea firme/dura (con alguien/con respecto a algo)she takes the line that …la postura or línea oficial es que …the party linesu actitud es que …to toe o (in American English also) hew the linela línea del partidoacatar la disciplinaExample sentences5.3 (method, style) See examples: line of inquiry
line of argument I was thinking of something along the lines of …línea (feminine) de investigaciónwe're thinking along similar linespensaba en algo del tipo de or por el estilo de …on American linespensamos de la misma maneraa la manera americanaExample sentences
- The senior civil servants are expected to brief their departmental ministers according to the agreed line.
- Under his tenure its political line has been marked by a further shift to the right.
- The SNP is giving its MSPs a free vote on this, not least because it has yet to establish a common line.
- Contemporary opponents of liberalism prefer indirect lines of attack.
- Sometimes the various lines of attack become crossed.
- We'll have to wait and see what the reasons are but there are essentially two overlapping lines of attack.
- 6 countable 6.1 (row)(queue) (American English)a line of carspolice stood in a line blocking the streetuna fila or hilera de cochesthey formed a o fell into line behind their teacherun cordón de policías bloqueó la callethe soldiers fell into linese pusieron en fila detrás del profesorto wait in line (American English)los soldados se alinearonto get in line (American English)hacer colato cut in line (American English)ponerse en la colaall/somewhere along the lineshe's had bad luck all along the linecolarse [colloquial], brincarse or saltarse la cola (Mexico) [colloquial]we must have made a mistake somewhere along the lineha tenido mala suerte desde el principiodown the linethese changes will affect everyone (right) down the linedebemos de haber cometido un error en algún momentoin line with somethingwages haven't risen in line with inflationestos cambios afectarán a todos, del primero al últimothe new measures are in line with government policylos sueldos no han aumentado a la par de la inflaciónin line with other manufacturers, we have …las nuevas medidas siguen la línea de la política del gobiernoout of linethat remark was out of linecomo otros fabricantes or al igual que otros fabricantes, hemos …their ideas were out of line with mineese comentario estuvo fuera de lugarto step out of linesus ideas no coincidían con las míasto bring somebody/something into linehe needs to be brought into linemostrar disconformidadthe province was brought into line with the rest of the countryhay que llamarlo al orden or [colloquial] meterlo en veredato fall in/into linethey had to fall in line with company policyla situación de la provincia se equiparó a la del resto del paísthat's their policy and they expect us to fall into linetuvieron que aceptar or acatar la política de la compañíato keep somebody in lineesa es su política y esperan que la acatemos or que actuemos conforme a ellasee also → online2 6.2 (succession) See examples: the title passes through the female linetener a alguien a rayahis line goes back to …el título se transmite por línea maternahe's the latest in a long line of radical leaderssu linaje se remonta hasta …he's next in line to the thronees el último de una larga serie de dirigentes radicaleshe's in line for the postes el siguiente en la línea de sucesión al tronoa long line of disasterses candidato al puestouna larga serie de desastresExample sentences
- We see long lines of traffic on single lanes leading up to roundabouts when common sense dictates that an extra lane should have been put in from day one.
- Long lines of blood donors queued up outside area hospitals.
- By the time the doors opened, more than 100 people had queued, in a line stretching back to Peasholme Green.
- A woman in the line ahead of me kept up a running commentary on whether to have a soda or a soft ice - cream, but when she finally reached the counter there was no soft ice cream left.
- At the American supermarket I learnt that we must join the line, not the queue.
- It took me less than 15 minutes yesterday to fill the car with gasoline as there were only 11 vehicles waiting in the line ahead of me.
- 7also: production linecadena (feminine) or línea (feminine) de producción(before noun) (production)en cadena or línea
- 8 countable (Military) behind enemy linesto hold the linetras las líneas enemigashe is trying to hold the line against further cutsdefender las líneas de combate or el frentethe battle lines have been drawnestá tratando de impedir que sigan haciendo recortesestamos ( or están etc) en pie de guerraExample sentences
- The United States had no unit dedicated to the resupply of forces behind enemy lines.
- He began to recruit, train and insert agents who would gather intelligence behind enemy lines.
- When asked about the prospect of being shot down behind enemy lines, Breen remembers the optimism of youth.
- 9 9.1 countable (of text)(of poem)the best line in the movienew line (when dictating) to give somebody a line on something [colloquial]la mejor frase de la películato read between the lines to shoot a line (British English) [slang] to spin o feed o give somebody a linedarle una pista de algo a alguiendon't give me that line!soltarle or contarle una bola or un rollo a alguien [colloquial]9.2¡no me vengas con historias or cuentos! [colloquial]also: lines plural(Theater)to learn one's lineshe forgot his linesaprenderse el papelse olvidó de lo que le tocaba decirExample sentences9.3
also: lines plural(British English) (Sch)(castigo en que el alumno debe escribir cierta frase repetidas veces)Example sentences9.4 (note)
- If an actor forgot his lines, a special button was pressed to cut off the sound to the viewer.
- He sees how each scene should look, how the music should feel, how the actors should speak their lines.
- We have all seen this movie a hundred times and can pretty much speak all the actor's lines from memory.
drop her a linelíneas (feminine plural)just a line to let you know that …escríbele unas líneasmándale una notaunas líneas para decirte que …Example sentences
- At school he had to draw pictures instead of doing lines as punishment.
- His detention turns out to be much more unorthodox than writing a hundred lines.
- When a young man refused to buy a ticket, the conductor pointed out a couple of lines written in bold letters on the front of the bus.
- Luxembourg wrote those lines three years before the outbreak of the barbarism that was World War One.
- Despite years of research, I cannot find a shred of evidence that Emily wrote a single line of Wuthering Heights.
- 10 countable 10.1 (area of activity) See examples: what line are you in?in my line of business¿a qué te dedicas?opera isn't really my lineen mi trabajo or profesión10.2 (of merchandise) he has a nice line in mother-in-law jokesla ópera no es lo míotiene un buen surtido or repertorio de chistes de suegrasExample sentences
- Now he hoped to expand his line of products and services by taking advantage of the Web.
- The company has streamlined its existing product range and launched the new lines after extensive consumer research.
- It's not surprising, then, that the demand for new products and new lines at Wal-Mart is unending.
- 1 (mark with lines)(paper)old age had lined her facela edad le había surcado el rostro de arrugas [literary]Example sentences
- Over her shoulder, she cast Mark a curious glance before unfolding the small, lined piece of paper.
- As for the writing paper (which should never be called note paper), this must be plain, not lined, and white or ivory.
- His face has always had that lined and lived-in look, but as he sits sipping a glass of water in an Edinburgh hotel he has the luminescent glow of someone who keeps fit and healthy.
- 2 (border) See examples: the avenue is lined with treescrowds lined the routela avenida está bordeada or flanqueada de árbolescientos de personas estaban alineadas a ambos lados del caminoExample sentences
- The next day thousands of spectators lined the route.
- Scores of police on foot and horseback lined the route as the protestors marched at a slow pace, bringing traffic to a standstill.
- Although thousands of people lined the pavements to salute the couple, the turnout was much lower than had been expected.
- 1verb + adverb (form line, row)
- 1(skirt/box)line the dish with pastryforre el molde con masaExample sentences
- The bottom of the dress was lined with pink material, and her shoes were pink with purple rhinestones.
- Inside the bag is lined with black crepe de chine with magenta polka dots.
- Inside, the drawer was lined with dusty pink lining paper.
- 2 (form lining along) books lined the walls, the walls were lined with bookstake before meals to line the stomachlas paredes estaban cubiertas de librostómese antes de las comidas para revestir las paredes estomacalesExample sentences
- It strikes the synovium, the thin layer of tissue lining the area of a joint where two bones meet.
- There are so many records and CDs lining the living room walls that it looks as if they are embedded into the foundations.
- The cells line an area of human lungs that helps our bodies absorb oxygen and shed carbon dioxide.
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