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  • v. to put in alignment; to put in correct adjustment for smooth running
  • v. To put things in a line
  • v. To get into a line
  • v. To start a game in a certain position on the playing field.
  • v. make arrangements for an event.
  • v. to support a group or movement.


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  • The great system works, not because man directs it, but because self-interest and competition line up the filings in the proper way; the most that man can do is to help this natural social magnetism along, to remove whatever barriers stand before the free working-out of this social physics, and to cease his misguided efforts to escape from its thralldom.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • If we could line up the two crime scenes, or find something that would link Peter to Natalie Russo—


  • Miss Covington had us all line up in rows, and we practiced for half the lesson what we learned last week and the step we were going to learn that week.

    Barbara Bush

  • “Students, stay in your group, line up on the far left of the auditorium, and file into the first three rows of seats,” said Mrs. Gideon.

    The Wish Stealers

  • It is amazing to me, as we line up for rec, that the DOs do not realize what is going on.


  • More hand rungs ran in a line up the slanting wall—so that it was now like free-climbing up an overhang, with your legs hanging beneath you.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • For many months, we conducted the campaign in the shadowy ways of diplomacy, making “démarches” in capitals of UN members, talking to their ambassadors in New York, and trying to line up support.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • I line up syringes on the counter with the idea of injecting myself in each part of my body that is inferior to my little counterparts.


  • Deb was saying as we all struggled to line up inside the Kelley Park boathouse, which was serving as our staging area for the ceremony.

    Nancy Drew: Girl Detective Model Menace #37

  • Photo: #From left, Nick Widomski, Wyatt Kail, Jesse Kail and Matt Frye line up for pizza at the after-school supper program at the Brattleboro Boys and Girls Club in Brattleboro, Vt. Thursday April 15, 2010.

    News & Features from Minnesota Public Radio


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  • What's the meaning of 'to line up'? for example in sentence:
    The so-called 'chuggers' – or charity muggers – are paid to line up along
    busy streets and get you to donate your money to charity.

    August 1, 2012