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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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