put yourself on the line

put yourself on the line

or

lay yourself on the line

If you put yourself on the line or lay yourself on the line, you do something that has big personal risks for you, especially for your job or reputation. When you are a professional athlete and put yourself on the line, you have to accept criticism. He was the one who was expected to deliver, who laid himself on the line with his `ethical policies'. Compare with on the line.
See also: line, on, put
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