English Idioms with words line, long

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Idiom Meaning Sentence
all along / right down the line at every point / stage, in every way / aspect Chris needs our support. You can tell him that we are with him all along the line.
be next in line for something be the next person due for something Who's next in line for promotion in your company?
be in one's line be to someone's taste, what someone likes doing I'm sorry, but rap music isn't exactly in my line.
be off / on line (a machine) be out of operation / in operation Attention! Printer not on line!
be / get / step out of line act in a way that is offensive to others Chris, you are way out of line! I think you owe me an apology.
the bottom line the essential result / outcome / conclusion of a matter Could you please give me the bottom line? How much did we lose on the deal?
bring someone / something into line persuade someone to conform, make something fit, match, suit At first she didn't agree with me, but fortunately I managed to bring her into line.
choose / follow / take the line of least resistance choose the easiest, least unpleasant way of achieving something After the scandal, he took the line of least resistance and left the company.
come / fall into line with someone / something agree with someone I'm sure he will fall into line with us when he finds out the details.
drop someone a line write an informal letter or note to someone Drop me a line when you arrive in Leeds.
get a line on someone / something find out information about someone / something Could you get a line on his whereabouts? I've a message for him but I can't reach him.
in the line of fire in a position between two opposing sides, groups etc. He was right in the line of fire when his wife and mother-in-law had an argument.
somewhere along the line at some stage / point in the process or development The negotiations are very tough. There's always a hitch somewhere along the line.
take a firm / hard / strong line with someone on something deal firmly and decisively The performance of the department is not good. I think the management will take a firm line with the staff in future.
read between the lines understand more than the actual words say He didn't tell me directly, but reading between the lines I think he is going to move to Island.
Idiom Meaning Sentence
at long last finally, after a long wait I’ve been expecting a parcel to arrive from Canada for over three weeks. At long last it has arrived.
be as broad as it’s long the result / situation is the same whatever one decides to do It’s as broad as it's long. Taking your car to Spain is just as expensive as flying and renting a car when you’re there.
go a long way be successful, make a career for oneself The new assistant manager seems to be a very bright young man. He should go a long way.
in the long run over a long period of time We’ve decided to put a lot of work into the improvements on the house, but we’re hoping that it will pay off in the long run.
in the long term in planning for the distant future Make sure that you fulfill the contract. It’s important for our credibility in the long term.
long drawn out (talks, negotiations) taking too much time, too slow or lengthy What did you think of the CEO’s speech? "Not bad, but too long drawn out."
a long shot a hopeful guess, an attempt that will probably fail because of lack of information Mary’s disappeared. I know it’s a long shot but could she have gone to visit her cousin in Brighton?
the long and the short of it the essential facts of a matter/event/situation He's offered us the reasons why we shouldn’t transfer him, but the long and the short of it is that he just doesn’t want to go.
go a long way towards be a great help They money we won will go a long way towards paying for the new car.
have come a long way have matured in one's views and outlook, have learnt a lot about life He has come a long way since his divorce. He used to be timid and reserved, but now he's confident and resolute.
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