Definition of old-line in English:



North American
  • 1Holding conservative views.

    • ‘While old-line politicians and businessmen struggle to catch up to the times, a new society is emerging - individual by individual’
    • ‘This movement is important because it shows that radical criticism is turning in a new direction that has nothing to do with old-line progressivism; but it is so extreme that it has not had any practical effect.’
    • ‘He was a lukewarm supporter of the war, a voice of the old-line Republican foreign policy establishment.’
    • ‘Though old-line, hard-line feminism has little appeal for today's women, its ideology lives on in law and policy - like light rays from a dead star.’
    • ‘He learned a kind of leadership that eventually toppled centuries of Chinese tradition - the equivalent of overthrowing the status quo that reigns in most old-line organizations.’
    • ‘The vote was supported by a coalition of old-line communists who disliked his free-market reforms, and by corrupt oligarchs who feared they might lose their place at the trough.’
    • ‘Ambitious, brilliant entrepreneurs revolting against the old-line, hierarchical, East Coast work culture defined the Valley's earliest days.’
    • ‘There were those among them who sought to reconstitute old-line moderate Republicanism, imagining that the defeat of Goldwater demonstrated that they had to be more like Democrats in order to get elected.’
    • ‘The president is an embarrassment to many old-line conservatives, especially non - evangelical Christians.’
    • ‘There's no question that he is among the last, if not the last, of his genre of old-line, hard-line Marxist-Leninist leaders.’
    • ‘The Roh administration, in many ways a departure from the nation's political legacy, is bound to be a magnet for clashes with the old-line politicians who dominate both the ruling and opposition parties.’
    • ‘Activists in the party's established interest groups began, however grudgingly, to see the DLC's point; now, even many old-line liberals agreed, we were sick to death of losing, and we just had to do whatever it took to win.’
    • ‘The old-line media, like its Boomer components, got old, and like the Boomers, it preferred self-congratulation to self-reflection.’
    • ‘And even the old-line, skeptical faculty can accommodate such ambitions, tempted by the promise of added status and goaded by self-doubt about the value of their own careers.’
    • ‘Both old-line liberals and conservatives will object strongly to many of his claims, and few who are seriously interested in the problems he confronts will be entirely comfortable with what he says.’
    • ‘The communists ruled Mongolia from 1921 to 1990 as an old-line Stalinist party.’
    • ‘Development of chemical weapons was restrained in the 1920s by public outrage on moral grounds as well as protests from old-line army leaders on the basis of tradition and ineffectiveness.’
    • ‘But old-line feminism still has a tin ear for listening to women with children, as evidenced by their main solution to the problem of combining work and family life: the socialization of child care.’
    • ‘Mr. Bond, a campaign operative for more than a decade, recalls getting a letter from him as old-line supporters were getting restless about the lack of planning for the 1992 race.’
    • ‘The answer, then, must lie in Wal-Mart's preference for old-line communist-dominated unions in authoritarian communist states over any other kinds of unions anywhere else.’
    • ‘Gorbachev's decision not to intervene in Eastern Europe was no doubt motivated by the hope that conservative, old-line leaderships would be replaced by communist reformers who could act flexibly enough to keep the system intact.’
  • 2Well established.

    • ‘The inflationary backdrop (including energy, healthcare, and pension liabilities) has thus far largely destroyed the old-line U.S. airline and auto-parts industries.’
    • ‘So many companies, particularly the new ones that didn't have the experience that old-line companies had, thought to themselves, just give them the service and we'll grow and everything will be terrific.’
    • ‘It lowered corporate tax rates for those companies while cutting or eliminating provisions in the tax code, such as the investment tax credit, that had primarily benefited old-line industries like utilities and railroads.’
    • ‘Motley Fool has an interesting analysis of American Greetings, the old-line greeting-card company that's making a valiant attempt at surviving the digital age.’
    • ‘If a major old-line company is dragged into the corporate scandal arena, will that mean trouble for the market?’
    • ‘The former could make the young techies richer than the old-line senior management at the parent.’
    • ‘About why the old-line coaches can't figure out who is a good prospect.’
    • ‘It's an object lesson in how an old-line company with real assets, real size, and real profits can reinvent itself for the digital economy, fully absorb the Internet, and turn into an old-economy company that really gets it.’
    • ‘The existing old-line media companies, which have a big stake in where people advertise, have to recognize this medium.’
    • ‘All of which helps explain why Polymerland has become a definitive model within GE - a full-scale, fully operational instruction manual for bringing an old-line business into the online arena.’
    • ‘Analysts say the company has to decide whether it wants to remain an old-line telco or reinvent itself as a communications and Internet company.’
    • ‘A bill to require this was killed earlier this year by the L.A. Assemblyman, a Democrat close to the old-line energy industry who has used his position as chairman of the Assembly's energy committee to frustrate progressives.’
    • ‘Conventional, old-line concerns that once had nothing more than a passing interest in high technology are starting Internet subsidiaries.’
    • ‘The W. R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., one of the better-known, old-line knife makers, is most known for its many pocketknives and larger folders, most with a classic design.’
    • ‘If Goodyear and the USW can figure out how to keep up as globalization drives down costs, there may be some hope that this old-line manufacturing industry can be competitive - and remain in the U.S.’
    • ‘The moribund mergers and acquisitions market has come alive, with everyone from old-line manufacturers to New Economy software houses taking advantage of the runup in the value of their shares to buy up other businesses.’
    • ‘When an old-line producer becomes involved with a new series, he often battles with the network not so much over political and social ideas but over casting decisions and story ideas, having little to do with social messages. […]’
    • ‘In contrast to the posh style of an old-line charity, this one is housed in a refurbished cheque-processing plant.’
    • ‘So the cautious titans of the Philippines' old-line businesses decided to take a stand.’
    • ‘Factory numbers showed that tech continued to struggle, but old-line manufacturers were getting a better handle on their excess inventories, and their orders were picking up.’
    • ‘You could battle for parking at DuPar's in the Farmers Market, an old-line coffee shop that does serve truly formidable French toast.’