#IOTW: Idioms with the word “Line” (part 2)

Right, let’s just begin today’s session. Part 2 of last Sunday’s, idioms with “line”!

  1. Fall in line. Meaning: to conform; to adjust (menyesuaikan diri).

Example:

  • “When in a foreign country, you should try to fall in line with the local culture.”
  1. Go down the line. Meaning: mendatangi satu per satu.

Example:

  • “He went down the line, asking each person he met where the post office is.”
  1. Hard lines. Meaning: something you say to express sympathy. Only in Britain and Australia.

Example:

  • A: I failed my history exam.

  • B: Hard lines.

  1. Hold the line. Meaning: not exceeding limit; not reduce or increase anything.

Example:

  • “We are holding the line for our personal spending at this difficult time.”
  1. In line with. Meaning: similar to something.

Example:

  • “Her grade this semester is in line with what was expected.”
  1. In the line of duty. Meaning: as part of one’s duty, or happened during one’s duty.

Example:

  • “As a public relations staff, meeting lots of different people is my line of duty.”
  1. Lay some sweet lines on someone. Meaning: to speak kindly to someone (dibaik-baikin).

Example:

  • Lay some sweet lines on your father, he might allow you to go to the mall this Saturday.”
  1. In/on the firing line. Meaning: in a situation that attracts criticism.

Example:

  • “The director found himself in the firing line for the remarks he made about the labor union.”
  1. Top of the line. Meaning: the very best of something.

Example:

  • “The speakers of the agricultural forum were all top of the line.”

Keep your questions coming, fellas!

Compiled and written by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 17 August 2014.


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