• Immediately below the present holder of a position in order of succession.

    ‘he is next in line to the throne’
    • ‘Most prime ministers verge on the psychopathic in their desire to stay in power or at the very least destroy the chances of the next in line.’
    • ‘Sources claimed the ad was really aimed at bypassing two senior officials next in line for the post, because of ethnicity.’
    • ‘Thus, his brother and his heirs would have been next in line.’
    • ‘As Edward's nephew, but even more so as Edmund's son, he was next in line by blood to the succession.’
    • ‘If O'Driscoll is ruled out, then D' Arcy's position becomes vacant and Anthony Horgan is next in line.’
    • ‘Under the Constitution, Prabowo pointed out, Habibie was next in line.’
    • ‘It is likely to deprive the side of a key player and, with Vaughan doubtful, thrust a fresh burden on Andrew Flintoff, who is next in line to take over the captaincy.’
    • ‘Caroline is next in line, followed by Princess Stephanie.’
    • ‘And the acceptance here really is that the prince of Wales is next in line, and that is the way it's going to be.’
    • ‘They feel that the job should have gone to a white male, long rumored to be next in line for the position.’
    successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scion
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