Definition of line-up in English:

line-up

noun

  • 1A group of people or things brought together for a particular purpose, especially the members of a sports team or a group of musicians or other entertainers.

    ‘the instrumental line-up is piano, drums, and lead and bass guitar’
    ‘a talented batting line-up’
    • ‘It was a charity event to raise money for orphans in Muslim countries and the line-up of singers was just the right way to end the weekend.’
    • ‘Settle have been very active in the close season and have some selection decisions to make in identifying their optimum line-up.’
    • ‘The driver from Milan ranks among the global line-up of Formula BMW drivers from 13 countries.’
    • ‘Keighley's new blues club is establishing itself with a new name and a monthly line-up of national and international acts.’
    • ‘The company can boast a strong line-up of partners among the handheld device and mobile operator elites.’
    • ‘Horizon Motorsport has announced details of its multi-car line-up for the Michelin Porsche Open Series.’
    • ‘After the signings of Smith and Rooney over the summer, Manchester United has one of the most exciting attacking line-ups in the country.’
    • ‘Although the weather was hot, a line-up of bands entertained the musically inclined for the afternoon.’
    • ‘It has continued to attract an impressive line-up of Elite riders including many Olympians and professionals.’
    • ‘However it was Josemi who was the sole Spanish representative in the line-up, in place of the experienced and in-form Finnan.’
    • ‘Full schedule details of the new line-up will be announced shortly.’
    • ‘Quickly into the Carling Cup quarter finals and a series of youth and reserve sides met up with some full strength line-ups; and the kids generally held sway.’
    • ‘Surfers bobbing in the line-up make up a community of sorts, one often strengthened by the presence of locals who know and look out for each other.’
    • ‘Although we're one of the BBC's smallest local radio stations, our new schedule will give us one of the strongest presentation line-ups in the country.’
    • ‘Their success is built on a batting line-up that will surely go down as one of the most talented to have graced a field.’
    • ‘Crew line-ups have remained identical to last year and strong rivalries continue.’
    • ‘Theatre bosses say tickets for the line-up of entertainment are already selling fast.’
    • ‘The new line-up includes their country's quad rowing in the bow four spots.’
    • ‘The years of Sunday Night and big starry entertainment line-ups are over, and even the Royal Variety Show seems like a dusty relic of a different age.’
    • ‘The team are diminished when they are not present, their presence in the starting line-up is as good as a goal start.’
    list of performers, list, listing, cast, bill, programme
    list of players, team, squad, side, selection
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  • 2North American A line or queue of people or things.

    ‘hour-long line-ups are common during peak periods’
    • ‘The actual border crossing station between Jordan and Iraq looks like most other terminals between nations, with long line-ups and crowds in the various offices.’
    • ‘Marvel at the line-up of shabby kids in a line across the old Syke on Fellside, where smoke billows across the rooftops and cats prowl the cobbles.’
    queue, line, row, column
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    1. 2.1
      another term for identity parade
      • ‘He matched an eyewitness's account of a man seen with Walsh shortly before she died, and was picked out in a police line-up.’
      • ‘The court was told the woman saw her attacker's face and later picked Malkinson out of a police identification line-up.’
      • ‘Ironically, she was doing jury duty when the call came asking her to come for a lineup.’
      • ‘The development and nature of guidelines and recommendations for the design and administration of identification lineups in the United States and in Canada are described.’
      • ‘The police apprehended Olivia's attackers and asked her to go down and identify them from a line-up.’
      • ‘Traditional police line-ups take much more time and effort to arrange.’
      • ‘Police officers should not speak to eyewitnesses after the lineups regarding their identification or their inability to identify anyone.’
      • ‘Previously, we wrote about Five Unusual Ways To Make Money (including volunteering for police line-ups and helping to compile the electoral register).’
      • ‘A review of security within Northern Ireland banking, the impact raids have on staff, identity line-ups, giving testimonies in open court and personal safety were discussed.’
      • ‘In fact, I saw so much of Jamie's naked bottom that I'd be confident of identifying it at a police line-up.’
      • ‘It uses the latest technology to hold a virtual line-up on a laptop computer, with the help of video images from a national database of volunteers.’
      • ‘There is a process to picking out a picture in a police photo line-up.’
      • ‘Witnesses will be spared the anguish of having to see the suspect in the flesh, even through a one-way screen, in traditional line-ups at police stations.’
      • ‘The officer should emphasize to the witness that the suspect may not be in the lineup.’
      • ‘This applies not just to military frontlines, but also to welfare lines, police line-ups, or even stitching a hemline in a sweatshop.’
      • ‘More will require confessions and lineups to be videotaped.’
      • ‘From the crime scene to the line-up to the mug shot, the criminal justice system depends on photography.’

Pronunciation

line-up

/ˈlʌɪnʌp/