SE in slang uses
|Recreational Drugs.et al.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 9: First line — Morphine.|
to make an effort, to commit onself.
|DAUL 83/2: Go down the line for. See Go to bat.et al.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 302: I go down the line for them and [they] still treat me like a bum.|
to understand, to know what is happening; to know about.
|Taking the Count 100: I’ve got a line on the very man we want.‘The Spotted Sheep’ in|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 193: I have a line on a woman [...] Want to come along and talk to her with me?‘Death on Pine Street’ in|
|AS III:2 131: If an individual (a ‘date’) is entertaining or interesting such terms as: ‘knows her oil,’ ‘is full of vinegar,’ ‘has a line,’ will be used in praise.‘College Sl.’ in|
|Rover 13 Jan. 31: I’ve got a line on these racketeers at last.|
|Fatal Pay-off 55: I think I’ve got a good line on where Reali was Tuesday night.|
|Augie March (1996) 80: He had a line on Lollie from the beginning.|
|Ringolevio 200: They didn’t have a line on Kenny but they knew Matt.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 77: We’ve got a pretty good line on these guys.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 36: Remember I told you I had a line on those goofy clothes? Well, I got a sale clerk at a joint down the street who says she sold them to a skinny little Cuban guy.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 36: If the lazy son of a bitch didn’t have a line on diet pills, she’d have fired him at Christmas.|
|Whitemare 126: I think we have a line on him. He’s Chinese and he gets his calls at a Cuban-Chinese restaurant on 8th Avenue.|
not breaking any rules, law-abiding.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|USA Confidential 172: Both the CIO and the AFL have ‘bugs’ on his telephone wires to see that he stays in line.|
|Gaily, Gaily 19: We visited the death cell daily, in order to keep the doomed man in line.|
to behave properly.
|Life in London (1869) 277: If you promise to ‘keep the line’ [...] you shall be admitted into the preserve.|
|Bk of Sports 3: George being a family man, and fully aware of the necessity of ‘keeping the line’.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
a drink, esp. of brandy.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Line of the old Author a Dram of Brandy.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Life and Adventures.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Paved with Gold 256: She’s a rum ’un, and as fond of ‘a line of the old author’ (brandy) or a drop of the ‘South Sea Mountain’ (gin) as any ‘doxy’ (woman) in Stafford.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues 254/1: drink [...] leaf of the old author.|
see separate entry.
(orig. US) breaking rules, unacceptable, out of the ordinary.
|AS IV:5 343: Out-o’-line — To become unmanageable; to fail in the rôle one is expected to play.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 32: He is polite to her and never gets out of line in her company.‘Romance in the Roaring Forties’ in|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 303: You’ll see [...] Get out of line and you’ll see.|
|Savage Night (1991) 58: I don’t have to move very far out of line to be in trouble.|
|Two Faces of January (1988) 97: A woman liked to feel that a man cared [...] that a man would beat the hell out of her if she got out of line.|
|Goodfellas [film script] 53: You got out of line, you got whacked.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 70: Beat your woman first time she steps out of line.|
|Keepers of Truth 102: I said, ‘I was out of line.’.|
|Running the Books 170: If they caught you out of line, man, they’d fuck you up.|
|Ulysses 169: - And is that a fact? Decent quiet man he is. I often saw him in here and I never once saw him, you know, over the line.|
2. to excess.
|Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Apr. 5/1: All might have been well if the fellows had only used moderation, but one day they fairly went over the line.|
see under sweat v.2
(UK Und.) awaiting execution by hanging.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
wait a minute!
|Right Ho, Jeeves 1: Hold the line a minute. I’ve gone off the rails.|
|Enter the Saint 85: You think you’re going to find out [...] whether I’ve arranged for a squeal to the police [...] Hold the line while I laugh!|