One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A formation in which a number of ships follow one another in a line.
- ‘In battle, the contending fleets sailed in line ahead, one ship following another, to bring the largest number of guns to bear on the enemy.’
- ‘Squadron upon squadron rise to a great height, break into line ahead and there, the first machines hurtle perpendicularly down, followed by the second, third - ten, twelve aeroplanes are there.’
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