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line someone/thing up

Definition of line someone/thing up in English:

1Arrange a number of people or things in a straight row: they lined them up and shot them
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  • A few other tables were lined up in a perfectly straight row across the room.
  • A group of men were lined up against a wall and mugged as they walked along Dukes Avenue last Friday at about 11.30 pm.
  • The troops were lined up above the water-tanks on the beach.
arrange in a line, arrange in lines, put in rows, arrange in columns;
Military  dress
1.1 (line up) (Of a number of people or things) stand or be arranged in a straight row: we would line up across the parade ground, shoulder to shoulder
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  • A queue of about 150 people were lining up to get into a nondescript-looking door.
  • One thing is for sure if Keane wants to continue on playing there will be no shortage of clubs lining up to sign him.
  • Developers are lining up to convert former mills into luxury apartments or build new ones on brownfield sites.
form a queue, form a line, form lines, get into rows/columns, file, queue up, group together, fall in, straighten up;
Military  dress
British informal form a crocodile
2Have someone or something ready or prepared: have you got any work lined up?
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  • A host of speakers have been lined up for the forum, which will take place at Bradford City's Bradford & Bingley Stadium, and there will also be themed workshops.
  • Besides the new report, apparently around a hundred witnesses have been lined up to give evidence.
  • Conferences were held, donors were lined up, and money pledged towards the reconstruction effort.
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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