from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. On a level with the eye of the observer, as of a picture hung in on a wall.
  • adj. At risk, as in a contest or enterprise.
  • adv. Currently calling on the telephone.
  • adv. On one of the lines marked on a playing field or court and, hence, in bounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. at risk (dependent upon success) in a contest or enterprise.


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  • When the front brigade of A. P. Hill's division renewed its attack on the line of Beaver Dam Creek in the early morning of June 27, it encountered feeble resistance.


  • So when the goods were sent to Chambly, on the line of retreat, and Hazen was ordered to receive and store them, he refused.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • He now annexed Cenomannian -- that is just now Angevin -- territory at more points than one, but chiefly on the line of his earlier advances to Domfront and Ambrieres.

    William the Conqueror

  • "Ms. Tench?" the transparent voice on the line said.

    Deception Point

  • Bit by bit the rest of the Group began to arrive — Mike Company intact, but some 15 minutes behind the Reconnaissance Platoon, the Mortar and Armoured Defence Platoons somewhat jumbled up due to the need, at one point on the line of march, to go cross-country around a traffic jam; the Pioneers and Oscar Company in a well-ordered block, but with a couple of TOW 113s somehow intermingled with them.

    First Clash

  • Like Jerry, Tim McCarthy had also bravely put his life on the line for me.

    An American Life

  • When he came on the line again, Chabot took down a few words in pencil on his blotter while he listened.

    Maigret Afraid

  • The guy—Keith Kenan, thirty-six years old, one divorce, employed on the line at Honda for five years and resident of Benton for that same period, clean police record except for one brawl over in Savannah two years back and a couple of old DUIs—was nervous.

    Whispers At Midnight

  • Save for the Massood and occa­sionally the S'van, the thanks Humans received for putting their lives on the line in defense of other species was in­different at best.

    The False Mirror

  • After the first of July, mysterious and concealed activity at Elliott's Salient on the line of Bushrod Johnson's division indicated the enemy was mining.



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