Definition of exit line in US English:

exit line


  • 1A line spoken by an actor immediately before leaving the stage.

    • ‘Almost equally valuable is their conscious retention of the subjunctive in Richard's exit line at the climax of IV.iii, ‘My wounds are inward.’’
    • ‘Cinema historians will be thrilled to know there is finally an exit line to top Orson Welles's immortal ‘Rosebud…’ at the end of Citizen Kane.’
    • ‘The film is worth viewing if only for her exit line in one scene, ‘I moonlight as a shrine maiden.’’
    1. 1.1 A parting remark.
      ‘“You've got lipstick all over your face.” And using that as an exit line she stalked out’
      • ‘This doesn't seem like an exit line; he seems to really mean it.’
      • ‘‘I am just going outside and may be some time’ must be the most famous exit line in the world, quoted almost daily.’
      • ‘He had sat staring after her, agape for a few long moments after she delivered that perfect exit line and sashayed out of the bar.’
      • ‘With that echoing exit line, he spun on his heel and disappeared into shadow.’
      • ‘If ever there was an exit line Justin just heard it and that didn't make him feel any better because he wanted to get along with his mother.’
      • ‘Feeling this a fitting exit line, she turned from me, collected her coat that hung over the back of a chair and walked to the door.’
      • ‘And with that grand exit line, I stepped out of the car.’
      • ‘Before they could react, the distinguished guest broke the tension by an exit line which would do any great actor proud; ‘Don't be alarmed, Mr. Chairman, I did the same thing to Stalin and the Pope’.’
      • ‘‘By the way,’ the patient adds, as I try for a discreet exit line, ‘Could you get one of the nurses to pick up my bedpan?’’
      • ‘I turned to my sons with what I was sure would be our exit line - ‘It is your choice whether or not you want to spend your money here’.’
      • ‘I'm trying to come up with a more original exit line.’
      • ‘The world watching the broadcasts, however, saw a shrunken old man whose exit line - ‘God willing, I will come back’ - seemed unlikely to be fulfilled.’
      • ‘Next time, I was going to have to think of another exit line.’