bring somebody/something into line

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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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