Definition of bring someone/something into line in US English:

bring someone/something into line


  • Cause someone or something to conform.

    ‘the change in the law will bring Britain into line with Europe’
    • ‘A council spokesman said charges had been frozen last year and the rises brought them into line with other councils.’
    • ‘The proposal also brings Scots Law into line with the European Convention of Human Rights.’
    • ‘Mr Ford has called on the Federal Minister to start consultations so that state and Commonwealth fisheries laws can be brought into line.’
    • ‘Huge pressure is being put on England to bring its legal system into line with the rest of the European Union.’
    • ‘If 33% of new petrol cars purchased were replaced by diesel versions, bringing Ireland into line with the rest of Europe, our emissions would be 7.4% lower.’
    • ‘She said Government policy required all registered social landlords to ensure rents were brought into line with what is known as a target rent.’
    • ‘Big enterprises found it easy to get funding to upgrade their premises to bring them into line with the regulations, but small local businesses did not have such opportunities.’
    • ‘As of Jan 1, the game we play called soccer will now officially be known as football, thus bringing Australia into line with the rest of the world.’
    • ‘Last week the Scottish Lib Dems suggested bringing Scotland into line with the rest of Europe by raising the school starting age to six.’
    • ‘The Law Society has written to 150 solicitors warning them to bring their websites into line with new advertising regulations or face disciplinary action.’