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

  • A group of suburbs of southeast Pennsylvania. The fashionable area was named after the chief railroad line traveling west from Philadelphia.


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  • Two train stops and a long bus ride away, Kate had grown up surrounded by wealth and excess in the Beverly Hills of Philadelphia, otherwise known as the Main Line.

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  • If Chester County -- one of several counties near Philadelphia comprising the suburban agglomeration known as the Main Line -- is any guide, not only has the local Republican Party infrastructure lined up behind a Senate candidate who is a Tea Party favorite, but local Tea

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  • Ellen Harley’s base of Montgomery County was better known as the Main Line.

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  • Some lived in Chestnut Hill and Connecticut, in addition to the Main Line.

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  • Like that summer after Tom was born, how the fireworks were set off at intervals up and down the Main Line.

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  • Among the winners was a retired admiral and political novice named Sestak who captured a district that encompasses the one-time factory town of Conshohocken and the wealthy enclaves of the Main Line.

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  • As early as 1930, the downtown Philadelphia merchandizer Strawbridge & Clothier built a branch in Ardmore on the Main Line.

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  • It covers the Main Line, Chester County hunt country and half of the decrepit city of Reading.

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  • In their early years, Brookline in Massachusetts, the Main Line in Pennsylvania, and the North Shore in Illinois did not offer new homes to Jews.

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  • Kannerstein, who entered the Main Line college as a freshman in 1959, died last month at 67 of complications from mesothelioma.

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