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
  • 2 there were new lines round her eyes and mouth
  • 3 (usually lines) the classic lines of its exterior
    contour, outline, configuration, shape, figure, delineation, silhouette, profile, features
  • 4 he headed the ball over the line the county line
    boundary, boundary line, limit, border, borderline, bound, bounding line, frontier, partition, demarcation line, dividing line, end point, cut-off point, termination, edge, pale, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim, extremity, fringe, threshold
  • 5 (usually lines) they were behind enemy lines
    position, formation, disposition, front, front line, firing line; trenches
  • 6 he put the washing on the line a fishing line
    cord, rope, string, cable, wire, thread, twine, strand, filament, ligature
  • 7 a line of soldiers
    file, rank, column, string, chain; train, convoy, procession; row, queue
    British informal crocodile
  • 8 a line of figures
    column, row
  • 9 it seemed to be the latest in a long line of crass decisions
  • 10 it stopped right in the line of flight of some bees
    course, route, track, channel, path, way, run; trajectory, bearing, orientation
  • 11 they took a very tough line with the industry right from the word go ministers are obliged to follow the party line
    course of action, course, procedure, MO, technique, way, tactic, tack, system, method, process, manner; policy, practice, scheme, approach, plan, programme, position, stance, philosophy, argument, avenue; Latinmodus operandi
  • 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
  • 15 there are no jobs nowadays in my line
    line of work, line of business, business, field, trade, occupation, employment, profession, work, job, day job, calling, vocation, career, pursuit, activity, walk of life; specialty, forte, province, department, sphere, area, area of expertise, domain, realm; Frenchmétier
    informal line of country, game, thing, bag, pigeon, racket
  • 16 he's introduced his own line of cologne
    brand, kind, sort, type, variety, make, label, trade name, trademark, registered trademark
  • 17 a man from a noble line claiming royal descent
  • 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
  • 19 perhaps I should drop Ralph a line
    note, letter, card, postcard, message, bulletin, communication, epistle, missive, memorandum, dispatch, report; correspondence, word
    informal memo
  • Phrases

    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
    [Antonyms] different out of step
  • 3 hold the front sight directly in line with the bullseye
    in alignment, aligned, level, balanced, at the same height, straight; plumb, true; abreast, side by side
  • 4 the referee seemed determined to keep him in line
    under control, in order, in check, obedient, conforming with the rules
  • in line for

    he was now in line for promotiona 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 lineat 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


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  • 1 her face was lined with age
    furrow, wrinkle, crease, mark with lines, cover with lines, crinkle, pucker, corrugate
  • 2 the driveway was lined by poplars
  • Phrases

    line up

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

    line someone/something up

  • 1 they lined them up and shot them
    arrange in a line, arrange in lines, put in rows, arrange in columns; group, marshal, align, range, straighten up, arrange, array, dispose; Militarydress
  • 2 we've lined up an all-star cast
    assemble, get together, organize, prepare, arrange, lay on; get, obtain, procure, secure, produce, come up with, fix up, prearrange; book, schedule, timetable
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  • 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
  • Phrases

    line one's pockets

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

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