Definition of on the line in US English:

on the line


  • 1At serious risk.

    ‘their careers were on the line’
    • ‘Our law enforcement personnel put their lives on the line when they go after these criminals.’
    • ‘His job as Great Britain coach must be on the line if he fails to beat world champions Australia.’
    • ‘We have put our careers on the line in order to reveal the facts to the public.’
    • ‘Of course the men and women in the military put their lives on the line for our country.’
    • ‘He believed in me so much that he put everything on the line to make his little sister a star.’
    • ‘Indeed, if things do not improve, his will not be the only neck on the line.’
    • ‘Dr Williams' decision to call the crisis meeting places his authority on the line as never before.’
    • ‘People's jobs are on the line - not just the players but those of the backroom and office staff at the club.’
    • ‘Not for the first time in the last week their safety was on the line but Michael didn't seem the slightest bit bothered.’
    • ‘He put his job on the line to protect us, and would even risk his life for us.’
    at risk, in danger, endangered, imperilled
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  • 2(of a picture in an exhibition) hung with its center about level with the spectator's eye.