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

bring someone or something into line

 (with someone or something)
1. . Lit. to make someone or something even with someone or something. I brought the books into line with the others on the shelf. I brought Jimmy into line with the other scouts.
2. Fig. to make someone or something conform to someone or something. We brought Ted into line with the guidelines. Sam brought his proposal into line with the company standards.
See also: bring, line

bring into line

see under fall in line.
See also: bring, line

bring somebody/something into ˈline (with somebody/something)

make somebody/something behave, function, etc. in the same way as other people, organizations, etc: We’re trying to bring our production methods more into line with our Japanese competitors.He’s a very clever child but he’s naughty. I feel that he needs bringing into line a bit.
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This change will bring us into line with the States and Territories and key international counterparts like New Zealand and Canada, which report on versions of the net operating balance.
He said: "This seems like the thin end of the wedge and a bid to bring us into line with Europe.
A reduction to 50mg per 100ml - that would bring us into line with most of our neighbours, including Scotland - will save hundreds of lives and spare thousands more from being shattered.
It would bring us into line with many of the UK's strongest allies, including the US, Canada, France and Australia.
Such a number would bring us into line with comparable commitments made by other countries.
To have this facility will bring us into line with nations across the world.
The change would bring us into line with all other Kirklees' high schools and virtually every other secondary school in the country.
This step will bring us into line with neighbouring authorities and has been taken partly in response to the financial constraints we are facing and our ongoing drive to become more efficient.
Politicians at Holyrood have repeatedly called for the limit to be dropped from the current level of 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, to 50mg of alcohol, to bring us into line with the rest of Europe.
Kenny Mac Askill's determination to bring us into line with Europe is a step in the right direction.
This will bring us into line with many of the existing IT service providers and improve the quality of service we give to our customers.
This will bring us into line with the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses and ensure there is a conference each year in either New Zealand or Australia.
That would bring us into line with the United States and other European Union countries.
Wirral has had much cheaper school meals than other boroughs on Merseyside and the price rise will bring us into line with them.
And we have chosen to move WKD to a 275ml single serve from 330ml to bring us into line with the industry standard.