from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Adhering to conservative or reactionary principles: an old-line senator.
  • adj. Long established: an old-line New England family.

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  • adj. reactionary or conservative
  • adj. long-established

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the old line or direction of thought or doctrine; conservative: as, an old-line Whig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. adhering to conservative or reactionary principles


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  • The old-line white Southerners still held a lot of sway with party elders, so they were going to be heard.

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  • What do you do with an employee who is trained to operate a specific machine in an old-line industry that no longer employs Americans?

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  • Despite the deals, H-P remained reliant on its old-line PC and printer businesses for about half of its revenue.

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  • Part of Mr. Keri's problem is that the three seem to have taken a lesson about the value of revealing trade secrets and their own personalities from the success of "Moneyball," which exposed Oakland general manager Billy Beane to considerable ridicule from some old-line baseball men even as it taught other teams his tricks.

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  • The news given, the marriage was dated ahead with ten times the brevity of the old-line Chinese custom.


  • The reason: I thought Hillary would provide more of the same -- an old-line no-longer-New Deal Democrat, with solutions that don't adequately address 21st Century problems.

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  • But the conversation between old-line libertarians and first time protestors who are enamored with the participatory democracy of the General Assemblies, on the one hand, and long-time political progressives and activists who hope to build a political movement, on the other hand, on how to best move forward from #Occupy Wall Street, must be respectful, and include the best thinking of both tendencies.

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  • Pete, old-line New York scion whose inheritance was lost that he is, doesn't have the cash, as he tells Don.

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  • Which begins with Don Draper having his Dr. Faye-arranged meeting with a top Heinz executive, who is remarkably condescending for a guy who represents the non-ketchup, old-line side of the company.

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