bring (someone or something) into line

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bring (someone or something) into line

1. Literally, to align something with something else. That crooked picture frame is really bothering me—can I please bring it into line with the others?
2. To cause someone or something to conform, adhere to, or agree with that which is established or generally accepted, such as rules, beliefs, modes of behavior, etc. You might have some wild ideas for the future, but you'll never get anywhere in this business if you don't bring your actions into line with your boss's expectations. You need to talk to that new student and bring him into line with the rules of our school.
See also: bring, line