Synonyms of line in English:

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  • 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
    British oblique
  • 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;
  • 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;
    British informalcrocodile
  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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;
    informalline 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
    correspondence, word
  • Phrases

    draw the line at

    I draw the line at the fish-hook method on humanitarian grounds
    [Antonyms] approve of
    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;
  • 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 promotion
    a candidate for, in the running for, on the shortlist for, shortlisted for, being considered for, under consideration for, next in succession for, likely to receive, up for, ready 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 frankly, be direct, speak honestly, pull no punches, be blunt, not mince one's words, call a spade a spade
    informalgive it to someone straight, tell it like it is

    on the line

    we should protect police officers whose lives are on the line

    toe the line

    sooner or later a boy has to learn to toe the line
    [Antonyms] misbehave
    conform, obey the rules, comply with the rules, observe the rules, abide by the rules, adhere to the rules, act in accordance with the rules, follow the rules, keep to the rules, stick to the rules;
    submit, yield
    informalplay it by the book, play by the rules, keep 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 up
    form a queue, form a line, form lines, get into rows/columns, file, queue up, group together, fall in, straighten up;
    Military dress
    British 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;
    Military dress
  • 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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    line 2


  • 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
  • Phrases

    line one's pockets

    informal he had lined his pockets with campaign funds
    make money;
    accept bribes;
    embezzle money, siphon off money
    informalfeather one's nest, graft, be on the make, be on the take

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