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down the line

In the future. If you don't do your homework now, it'll be a problem down the line when you don't know the material for the exam. I do want to get married, but down the line, not any time soon.
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down the line

1. Also, all along the line. All the way, throughout. For example, We've found numerous errors down the line. The first term dates from the mid-1900s, the variant from the second half of the 1800s.
2. Also, down the road. At a future point or end. For example, Somewhere down the road I think he'll be elected to high office. [Second half of 1900s]
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down the line

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1. If something happens down the line, it happens at a later stage of a situation or activity. Whether that will happen further down the line we cannot say. Note: You can talk about something happening a long way down the line when it happens at a much later date. He thought that military action was still a long way down the line. Compare with all the way down the line. Compare with along the line.
2. If you talk about something happening a particular amount of time down the line, you are talking about it happening after that amount of time. About five to six months down the line I got a call from Steve saying he had something for me to work on. Two years down the line things have changed. Compare with down the road.
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all along/down the ˈline

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right down the ˈline

(informal) completely; at every stage: We’ve had problems with this software all along the line. It was a complete waste of money.He supported their campaign right down the line.
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down the line

1. All the way; throughout: Errors are to be found down the line.
2. At a point or an end in the future.
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References in classic literature ?
It was Things like trees, and they fell up and down the lines and bubbled; and my head-rope broke, and I couldn't find my driver, and I couldn't find you, Billy, so I ran off with--with these gentlemen.
In my will I have laid down the lines on which this institution is to be conducted; it would be tedious to go over them, it is enough to say that I have a fund which will some day enable the Commune to award several scholarships for children who show signs of promise in art or science.
Elsewhere down the line we may see a group of baby dykes doing bubblegum successfully, but they'll be the ones who remember to put the music ahead of the image--today's minor scandal is merely tomorrow's trivia question, after all.
Each child in turn quietly relays the message down to only the next child down the line.
Real-time eye and lip movements are sent down the line so the subject appears to talk when their voice travels down the line.
They just move the vibrating energy down the line in a sound wave (see diagram, below).
It's designed to evaluate the code within software while it is being written and predicts where problems can occur down the line.
Ultimately, a complete ban might be enacted sometime down the line, city officials said.
Presently, the numbers just do not add up; and so if the impasse is not broken, the country will face another payments crisis several years down the line.
And they won't wind up paying for it down the line.
Further down the line he should have no problem jumping fences.
Up 5-4 up in the third set and ahead 30-40, she had a chance to drill a backhand down the line into a yawning gap.
Farther down the line, veteran engineer Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) and conductor Will Colson (Chris Pine), who make an appealing double act, learn of the impending disaster and orchestrate a daring rescue plan.
Further down the line was a Saab Convertible, now also being produced in Trollhattan as part of the concentration of Saab operations in Sweden.
He revealed team doctors have " given him the "all-clear" to train and added: "My aim is to compete in both events but we'll make a decision further down the line.