One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A chief railroad line.as modifier ‘a main-line station’
- ‘At the same time, 24 major projects were successfully achieved and BR became the only profitable main-line railway in Europe.’
- ‘Virgin main-line trains made additional stops, too.’
- ‘The line is Britain's busiest and most congested main-line, says the strategy.’
- ‘One year ago, yesterday, 10 people were killed in the Selby crash when a Land Rover ended up on the East Coast mainline.’
- ‘We had the fastest trains, a brand new underground network, the start of main-line electrification and free-flowing buses and trams.’
- ‘This settlement also significantly benefits from a main line railway station.’
- ‘In addition to using the civil main lines, railways were constructed for purely military purposes, with no commercial value.’
- ‘The Alcan company shipped its bauxite from Port Esquiville, a short distance from Bodies, utilising the existing main-line railway.’
- ‘On the main line railways the failure to take any steps towards renationalisation has left members utterly disillusioned.’
- ‘My first house was a red brick terrace in Folkestone, backing on to the main line railway.’
- ‘The closures would eliminate all but one at-grade crossing in the city along the railway company's main line.’
- ‘Some branch lines do not always branch off from the main line at the transfer station itself.’
- ‘Kildare town has the best rail commuter service in the county, being served by regular mainline and Arrow services.’
- ‘Notices telling train passengers what to do in an air raid are being put up in all main line railway stations.’
- ‘For serious shopping, central London is about half an hour away by Underground or main-line rail service.’
- ‘He said there is no plan to expand the technology to main-line tracks such as the tracks between two cities.’
- ‘After all, it's only a branch line, not a main line station.’
- ‘Despite the massive destruction to the railway system the main lines were cleared two days after the blast.’
- ‘The other key culpable person was the lead engineer who brought them out onto the main line.’
- ‘Unlike train engineers, who get six months of training for their regular job, remote operators are not qualified for main-line work.’
- 1.1North American A chief road or street.
main route, trunk route, main road, trunk road, trunk line, high road, highwayView synonyms
- ‘By State Statute, the Mayor of Salt Lake County has to approve all new main lines within Salt Lake County right-of-ways.’
- ‘Each main line busway passenger must pay Rp 2,500 for a one-way trip.’
- ‘At first I was riding the main line through the braking bumps, and the suspension, as always, was still super smooth.’
- ‘This applied particularly to the main lines of turnpike road constructed before 1811.’
- ‘It was a modern bus, one of the many vehicles put on to the main line routes and was fitted with CCTV so there will be a recording.’
- 1.2informal A principal vein as a site for a drug injection.
Inject (a drug) intravenously.‘Mariella mainlines cocaine five to seven times a day’
administer, introduceView synonyms
- ‘Today, d-Meth is the most popular type in the U.S. and is the most potent, has far less side effects and does not need to be mainlined.’
- ‘She had mainlined morphine, but never more than 10 cc.’
- ‘It begins with the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, mainlining on a 7% solution of cocaine.’
- ‘Her performance electrifies the story of the model who died of the virus she probably picked up by mainlining heroin.’
- ‘Percodan is similar to codeine but is usually mainlined.’
A popular name for a series of affluent suburbs west of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, along the old Pennsylvania Railroad main line.
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