Definition of line someone/something up in US English:

line someone/something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Arrange a number of people or things in a straight row.

    • ‘I looked at the house across the street and saw that three cars were lined up in front of it, as if in a funeral procession.’
    • ‘Double-decker buses were lined up outside the gates.’
    • ‘The troops were lined up above the water-tanks on the beach.’
    • ‘Then paratroopers came in and took everybody out of the house and lined them up against the wall.’
    • ‘The Primary school kids were all lined up in front of the pews when I arrived.’
    • ‘A group of men were lined up against a wall and mugged as they walked along Dukes Avenue last Friday at about 11.30 pm.’
    • ‘I had just labeled all the boxes and lined them up on the floor when I heard the front door open.’
    • ‘At the school, boys and girls were lined up in their Friday best to present Greg with wreaths of paper flowers.’
    • ‘A few other tables were lined up in a perfectly straight row across the room.’
    • ‘Musical instruments were lined up along the way leading to the newly built auditorium.’
    • ‘At nearby Sardjito Hospital, bodies were lined up in the hallway and some family members were taking them home before they could be added to the official toll.’
    • ‘We walked down the sleepy rural streets to the bay where all the oyster boats were lined up.’
    • ‘The teachers were well organised - they lined the pupils up and led them down the stairs.’
    • ‘On the other side of the motorway about 65 cars and 12 motorbikes were lined up for the anti-speed camera demo.’
    arrange in a line, arrange in lines, put in rows, arrange in columns
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    1. 1.1line up (of a number of people or things) be arranged in a straight row.
      ‘we would line up across the parade ground, shoulder to shoulder’
      • ‘A queue of about 150 people were lining up to get into a nondescript-looking door.’
      • ‘Before we knew it, the players were lining up to take penalty kicks at the goal in the hope of eliminating their opponents.’
      • ‘One thing is for sure if Keane wants to continue on playing there will be no shortage of clubs lining up to sign him.’
      • ‘Developers are lining up to convert former mills into luxury apartments or build new ones on brownfield sites.’
      • ‘People lined up around the block in pouring rain for tickets.’
      • ‘Major corporations including Lloyds TSB and Motorola are lining up for a slice of the action.’
      • ‘Were you nervous when you lined up on the grid?’
      • ‘Talented drivers between the age of 16 and 23 will line up on the starting grid.’
      form a queue, form a line, form lines, get into columns, get into rows, file, queue up, group together, fall in, straighten up
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  • 2Have someone or something ready or prepared.

    ‘have you got any work lined up?’
    • ‘Having a training plan lined up for new employees keeps them involved in their own learning process.’
    • ‘Conferences were held, donors were lined up, and money pledged towards the reconstruction effort.’
    • ‘A host of speakers have been lined up for the forum, which will take place at Bradford City's Bradford & Bingley Stadium, and there will also be themed workshops.’
    • ‘A total of nine key speakers have been lined up to speak, including the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment.’
    • ‘A troupe of street performers were lined up to provide pre-show atmosphere at Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.’
    • ‘Besides the new report, apparently around a hundred witnesses have been lined up to give evidence.’
    • ‘About 11 interactive games and events were lined up for the teachers.’
    • ‘He had a summer job lined up for the following year and the promise of a full-time position when he graduated.’
    • ‘The Flag pub in Bridge Street is lining up some of the area's finest bands to raise cash for the tsunami appeal.’
    • ‘Irish investors will be lined up to buy hotel developments that Fitzpatrick will then manage.’
    • ‘The Australian has been offered a five-year contract to take over coaching duties, but two other highly rated personnel have been lined up in case he turns it down.’
    assemble, get together, organize, prepare, arrange, lay on
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