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.
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bring into line

see under fall in line.
See also: bring, line
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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RENAULT has updated the trim levels of two of its three electric vehicles on sale in the UK - the ZOE supermini and urban Twizy - to bring them into line with the company's combustion-engined vehicles and create a more uniform grading structure across all the brand's models.
Maybe then they'd be more interested in their teenagers and be more motivated to bring them into line. I have brought my kids up to respect other people and expect other parents to do the same.
From season 2003/04, all coaches in the Premiership will need to hold a UEFA Pro Licence or a similar diploma to bring them into line with most leagues on the Continent.
He argued that it would be more consistent with Canadian legal traditions to reduce the bill's summary conviction penalties to bring them into line with those now customary in criminal law.
Andrew Franks allegedly confessed to detectives that when he chastised his girlfriend's two children he would use his fist to 'knuckle them to bring them into line', Stafford Crown Court was told.
How do you bring them into line? We've made enormous progress and credit must be given to the manner in which white people received black pupils and teachers in their schools.