[1940s+] one who talks pretentiously or boasts.
[late 19C–1920s] (US) the red light area of a town or city; also attrib.
[1970s+] (drugs) to inhale cocaine.
1. (Aus.) of a man, to talk amorously and seductively; of either sex, to talk persuasively.
2. [1930s+] (Irish) to have a sexual relationship, a courtship.
1. [1930s] visiting a red-light district in search of sexual intercourse.
2. see on the line under line n.1
[1980s+] (US black) a piece of outmoded slang.
[1950s+] to deceive through a cunning story or excessive charm, to persuade, to talk smoothly.
[late 19C+] (orig. US) to understand, to acquire information about; thus give a line on, to impart information or knowledge.
[early–mid-19C] (UK Und.) to engage a victim in conversation while an accomplice is robbing them.
[20C+] to deceive through a cunning story or excessive charm.
see do a line (with)
see under bull n.6 (1)/crap n.1 (4)/shit n. (4a) .
[2010s] (UK drugs) to inhale a portion of a narcotic.
[1930s] (US Und.) working as a street prostitute or in a brothel.
[1920s–60s] to deceive, to get away with a dubious scheme.
1. [2000s] (UK drugs) to smoke heroin from a sheet of tinfoil, the heated heroin liquefies and runs down the foil, leaving a brown line.
2. see shoot a line
1. to make conversation.
2. to attempt seduction by smooth talking.
[1900s–30s] to promote a persuasive patter.
1. [late 19C+] to concoct a smooth patter, esp. with the specific aim of seduction.
2. to send a letter.
[1900s] to tell a lie, to deceive.
see stretch (the) hemp under stretch v.
[1950s] (Aus.) to deceive, to tell a ‘tall story’.
[1930s] to inject into a vein.