be on the line

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be on the line

1. To be in a state of jeopardy or uncertainty. I'm afraid that my scholarship is on the line now that I've been accused of plagiarizing a paper. This deal is pretty much our last chance to ensure the company's success, so there is a lot on the line.
2. To be speaking or waiting on the telephone. Mr. Parker, when you're ready, Louise in Sales is on the line. I've been on the line for an hour, and still no one has answered.
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