in the pipeline

in the pipeline

Fig. backed up somewhere in a process; in process; in a queue. There's a lot of goods still in the pipeline. That means no more new orders will be shipped for a while. Your papers are in the pipeline somewhere. You'll just have to wait.
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in the pipeline

being developed According to the studio, there are ten films in the pipeline ready for release next year.
Related vocabulary: in the works
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in the pipeline

1. In process, under way, as in The blueprints for the new machine are in the pipeline, but it will take months to get approval . [Colloquial; 1940s] Also see in the works.
2. Budgeted for something but not yet spent, as in There's $5 million more in the pipeline for the city schools. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
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in the pipeline

mod. backed up somewhere in a process; in process; in a queue. There are a lot of goods still in the pipeline. That means no more orders for a while.
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Denso reports the Protal Liquid Coatings have become the choice of many contractors, engineers and owners in the pipeline industry.
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Agency officials said the changes forced the INS to review all cases in the pipeline.
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The tool is immobilized in the pipeline by the use of threaded metal segments, or "slips" made from hardened steel.
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Also in the pipeline for certification are more than 45 additional products, potentially bringing the total number of certified products to over 250 by the end of the year.
As it was later discovered through records of the dynamic module and the INS, the pig had reversed in the pipeline during this period for over 12 feet.
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