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along the line

During some event or timeframe. I had known Liz for years, but somewhere along the line in college, we fell in love. Along the line, my son's illness was misdiagnosed, and now he's very sick.
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down the line

In the future. If you don't do your homework now, it'll be a problem down the line when you don't know the material for the exam. I do want to get married, but down the line, not any time soon.
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down the line

1. Also, all along the line. All the way, throughout. For example, We've found numerous errors down the line. The first term dates from the mid-1900s, the variant from the second half of the 1800s.
2. Also, down the road. At a future point or end. For example, Somewhere down the road I think he'll be elected to high office. [Second half of 1900s]
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along the line

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down the line

COMMON If something happens along the line or down the line, it happens during the course of a situation or activity, often at a point that cannot be exactly identified. And then somewhere along the line I looked at what was really happening. Admittedly every parent makes mistakes along the line. They feel that something went wrong somewhere down the line. Compare with down the line.
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down the line

COMMON
1. If something happens down the line, it happens at a later stage of a situation or activity. Whether that will happen further down the line we cannot say. Note: You can talk about something happening a long way down the line when it happens at a much later date. He thought that military action was still a long way down the line. Compare with all the way down the line. Compare with along the line.
2. If you talk about something happening a particular amount of time down the line, you are talking about it happening after that amount of time. About five to six months down the line I got a call from Steve saying he had something for me to work on. Two years down the line things have changed. Compare with down the road.
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down the line

1. All the way; throughout: Errors are to be found down the line.
2. At a point or an end in the future.
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References in classic literature ?
Scores of the murderous-looking hooks flashed into sight as we cleared the anchor, and we had just started to run along the line to the end where we could begin to lift it, when a sharp thud in the boat startled us.
Practical jokes worthy of the English wits of the first quarter of the far-off nineteenth century were sprung here and there and yonder along the line, and compelled the delightedest applause; and sometimes when a bright remark was made at one end of the procession and started on its travels toward the other, you could note its progress all the way by the sparkling spray of laughter it threw off from its bows as it plowed along; and also by the blushes of the mules in its wake.
Maggie had no time to answer, for a new tidal current swept along the line of the houses, and drove both the boats out on to the wide water, with a force that carried them far past the meeting current of the river.
The street was laid out, a name was chosen and posted up on an iron plate, but before construction was begun, it occurred to the possessor of the property that a handsome sum might be obtained for the ground then devoted to fruits and vegetables, by building along the line of the proposed street, and so making it a branch of communication with the Faubourg Saint-Honore itself, one of the most important thoroughfares in the city of Paris.
A stranger to the scene might have been certain that here and there along the line of hedge a figure stood, watching the bargeman, and waiting for him to come up.
He hardly said good morning, though he had a half-hearted try to smile at the girl, and sitting opposite her with his eyes on his plate and slight quivers passing along the line of his clean-shaven jaw, he too had nothing to say.
The squatter seemed reluctant to abandon his views of the abashed girl, so easily; and before he answered to the suggestion of his wife, he turned his usual dull look along the line of the curious countenances of his boys, as if to see whether there was not one among them fit to fill the place of the deceased.
Waldron looked with amazement along the line of professors upon the platform until his eyes fell upon the figure of Challenger, who leaned back in his chair with closed eyes and an amused expression, as if he were smiling in his sleep.
At the same time, the firing ceased along the line.
He had there materials for a dish of his own invention for which he was famous all along the line of the Royal Cavalry outposts, and he would cook it for us.
One who moves along the line of least reluctance to a
The Bank fleet pass good seamanship in silence; but a bungler is jeered all along the line.
The words passed along the lines and an adjutant ran to look for the missing officer.
Taking a handful of these, she arranged them along the lines of the scarlet letter that decorated the maternal bosom, to which the burrs, as their nature was, tenaciously adhered.
White Fang grew stronger, heavier, and more compact, while his character was developing along the lines laid down by his heredity and his environment.