one who talks pretentiously or boasts.
|Enemy Coast Ahead (1955) 40: One of the boys claimed already to have made the grade with one, but he was a bit of a line-shooter about these things.|
|What Were They Like to Fly? 11: I have, on very many occasions — then and since — been accused of being a line-shooter. I am a line-shooter!|
|Long Knives and Short Memories 435: Rudolf Hess would not be the first soldier to prove to be a line-shooter about ‘wounds’.|
(US) the red light area of a town or city; also attrib.
|Powers That Prey 14: The chief wants t’ ask us to break a bottle o’ sham or to notify us that he has shifted the dead-line further down town so’s to give the likes o’ us a chanst t’ turn an honest penny.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I ii: Pete Lazanis, commonly called the Runt, who was a power below the dead line.|
|Hobo 114: By ‘dead line men’ are meant men who live on Madison west of Canal Street. Men ‘living’ on Clark, State, and Dearborn streets are more reliable and stand a better chance than the ‘dead line men’ to get jobs.|
|(con. late 19C) Shady Ladies of the Old West [Internet] Many towns [...] had an ‘anything-goes’ suburb and a ‘deadline’ below which men could do pretty much as they pleased.|
(drugs) to inhale cocaine.
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 93: Deborah had just done a line of uncut snow.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 79: Do a few lines on his favorite glass table, watch some ho suck his dick underneath.|
|Stingray Shuffle 129: He leaned over and did a line.|
1. (Aus.) of a man, to talk amorously and seductively; of either sex, to talk persuasively.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Aug. 12/4: At a gay little township in North Queensland two book-canvassers met. [...] Such was their hilarity that, when they started out ‘to do a line before (hic) dinner,’ they had managed to swop prospectuses, so the Bible man [...] expatiated on the excellence of his edition of ‘the secret of England’s greatness,’ pointing his arguments by a specimen of Dante’s ‘Inferno.’.|
|Battlers 83: A man might do a line with her, dippy or not.|
|Joyful Condemned 3: Go on in and do a line with him. [Ibid.] 35: Promising himself despite rebuffs that sometime he ‘might do a line with the piece upstairs’.|
|Summer Glare 68: Cliff and Alec are doin’ a line with her.|
|My Green Age 105: I even did a line for a while with a nurse from Galway [...] I had met her at a St Patrick's Night Dance run by the London-Irish Rugby Club .|
2. (Irish) to have a sexual relationship, a courtship.
|Age Of Consent 174: You’re a nice little sheila, Cora; what about doing a line with me?|
|Tarry Flynn (1965) 126: May Callan who was ‘doing a line’ with a young fellow from the town appeared on the old road with her boyfriend.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 232/2: do a line with – take a shine to a girl, take a walk with her.|
|Maori Girl 190: I’d like to do a line with that fellow.|
|(con. 1930s) Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 117: When a boy or girl became friendly, they commenced to ‘do a line’.|
|(con. 1930s) Shawlies, Echo Boys, the Marsh and the Lanes 81: I got married late. We all did. We were years ‘doing a line’, as they called it. Some might do a line for ten, fifteen years before they tied the knot.|
|Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] Doing a line (phr): courting, seeing someone.|
1. visiting a red-light district in search of sexual intercourse.
|You Can’t Win (2000) 177: I can’t stay in there. I’ll go down the line and get drunk, I guess.|
|(ref. to late 19C) inNell Kimball by Herself (1981) 90: Most of the trade were regulars or their friends in town for a visit; ‘going down the line’ it was called.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 121: LINE. – A tenderloin or restricted district. In smaller cities and towns the disorderly resorts are situated on one or more streets, close together, and usually within one or two blocks. Going ‘down the line’ is applied to the weekly or more frequent visits by the men who visit these resorts in search of ‘pleasure.’.|
2. see on the line under line n.1
(US black) a piece of outmoded slang.
|Way Past Cool n.p.: One dusty line after another come outta his mouth.|
|Juba to Jive 155: Dusty line n. (1980s–1990s) an old or obsolete expression or slang term.|
to deceive through a cunning story or excessive charm, to persuade, to talk smoothly.
|Playback 91: You’re being fed a line.|
|in Sweet Daddy 28: He wasn’t feeding me a line or nothing.|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 102: Coming on like Gang Busters. Are you trying to feed me a line?‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 55: They’re only business cunts and that; they only want to be made to feel they’re something special [...] don’t cost the driver fuck all to feed em a bit.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(orig. US) to understand, to acquire information about; thus give a line on, to impart information or knowledge.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 15/2: The Pingara fizzle gives little encouragement to take a short price about any of Miller’s horses for next Saturday’s steeplechase. Recent rains have prevented those wealthy and not very communicative sportsmen from getting a line, as it is called, with their candidates.|
|Artie (1963) 7: I think I’ll give the bank a line on Percy. Any man that wears that kind of a necktie had n’t ought to handle money.|
|Sun (N.Y.) 18 Nov. 4: These dressmakers [...] cannot get a line on the styles except at the Horse Show [DA].|
|Shorty McCabe 49: His first move is to send the girl in to get a line on us.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 137: Not even Ernie Lanigan [...] was able to ‘get a line’ on Hogan.‘Loosening Up of Hogan’ in|
|Fort Wayne Sentinel 4 June 8/6: Round the Stanton House there in Indianapolis there was a bunch of traveling men and they gave me a line on the correct slang in various parts of the country.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 132: It wouldn’t be a bad move to get a line on G. Hayward’s form.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 560: We get a line on what is doing, and what is doing is that the people wish Jonas to be king again.‘The Big Umbrella’ in|
|Crown Jewels are Missing 36: The Pinkerton men, efficient as they were, could not immediately get a line on what had happened.|
|Shiralee 92: He thought he might get a line on his friend.|
|My Friend Judas (1963) 61: I got me a line on the philosophes.|
|Godfather 115: Maybe he figured we’re just stalling until [...] we can get a line on him.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 53: I got a line that the brothers’re mobbing up.|
|Brown’s Requiem 38: ‘I’m looking for Fat Dog Baker,’ I said. ‘He told me I could get a line on him here.’.|
|Homeboy 149: You got the line on this guy yet?|
|Robbers (2001) 78: Rule told Moline to get a line on the second guy.|
(UK Und.) to engage a victim in conversation while an accomplice is robbing them.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 250: line: to get a person in a line, or in a string, is to engage them in a conversation, while your confederate is robbing their person or premises.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1812].|
|Modern Flash Dict. 21: Line, getting into a – confusing a person, imposing on any body’s belief by joking.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].|
to deceive through a cunning story or excessive charm.
|John Henry 17: I [...] handed my lady friend a line of talk.|
|N.Y. Eve. Journal 18 Sept. in Unforgettable Season (1981) 227: John T. Brush handed Brother Bingham a line of conversation regarding the necessity of policing the grounds [...that Bingham fell for.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 107: She could hand out that Dear Boy line of Polite Guff to all of those rugged and self-made Bucks.|
|Green Ice (1988) 13: You can’t hand me that line, Mal Ourney.|
|Having Wonderful Time (1975) [play script] 159: I don’t hand out a line of schmoos — not even in business.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|It (1987) 339: What kind of line were you handing me, Big Bill?|
see do a line (with)
see under bull n.6 (1)/crap n.1 (4)/shit n. (4a) .
(UK drugs) to inhale a portion of a narcotic.
|Guardian CiF 19 Mar. [Internet] Every single one of my head chefs used to line up, sometimes on the pass before we switched the lamps on.|
(US Und.) working as a street prostitute or in a brothel.
|Bessie Cotter 252: A girl that will go down the line for a living would go down the line, regardless. And them that won’t — won’t.|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 116/2: on the line. Working in the red-light district or in a common ‘house’.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
to deceive, to get away with a dubious scheme.
|AS II:6 277: pull a line, pull a string — talk about unimportant things.‘Stanford Expressions’ in|
|Bottom Dogs 232: The matter would have stopped rite then and there, if the sexton-hossdoctor hadn’t pulled a line and got the sheriff to force old man Maxwell to surrender the hoss’s corpse.|
|Scene (1996) 253: I think my man is pullin some lines.|
1. (UK drugs) to smoke heroin from a sheet of tinfoil, the heated heroin liquefies and runs down the foil, leaving a brown line.
|Urban Grimshaw 138: She warmed the bead [i.e. of heroin] from below so that it ran down the foil [...] hungrily sucking in the resultant fumes. This is known as ‘running a line’ or ‘chasing the dragon.’.|
2. see shoot a line
1. to make conversation.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 252: run down some lines 1. Engage in conversation.|
|Green River Rising 132: Listening to Stokely Johnson running down some heavy lines on the current hot topic.|
2. to attempt seduction by smooth talking.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 252: run down some lines […] 2. Talk smoothly and seductively to a member of the opposite sex with the intention of getting over.|
to promote a persuasive patter.
|Sister Carrie 148: ‘How did you come out with that La Crosse man you were telling me about?’ ‘Oh, fine; sold him a complete line.’.|
1. to concoct a smooth patter, esp. with the specific aim of seduction.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 20: I shot a good line of talk into ’em.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 55: Everyone is shooting a line and nobody is deceived.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 360: All you got to do is shoot ’em a little line.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 266: If he knew Jerry he was shooting a line, the bastard, and no doubt like the rest of her sex she was falling for it.|
|Savage Night (1991) 63: The Man had shot me the line fast.|
|Epitaph for George Dillon Act II: The one thing I never shoot lines about is the RAF.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 153: When he was batting off nothing at all, he still shot fat lines.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 68: For once he did not run a line of shit the way he always did for the benefit of any woman.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 254: I cleared my throat and shot him a line.|
|(ref. 1940s) Things My Mother Never Told Me 87: Braggarts shoot a line.|
2. to send a letter.
|My War (2006) 12: Shoot me a line when you get a chance.|
to tell a lie, to deceive.
|Strand Mag. Mar. n.p.: Maybe you think I am just slinging you a line.|
see stretch (the) hemp under stretch v.
(Aus.) to deceive, to tell a ‘tall story’.
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 764: He could see himself stringing out a line like this guy’s.Judgement Day in|
|Joyful Condemned 38: Mort had a feeling Hector was stringing him a line.|
to inject into a vein.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 109/2: To take it in the line. To take narcotics intravenously.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|