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feed (one) a line

1. To tell an actor what to say. In this usage, the phrase is often used in the plural ("feed one (one's) lines"), and "line" refers to a line of dialogue in the script. I'm sorry, I can't remember a word of this scene—can someone please feed me my lines?
2. To speak deceptively to one. In this usage, "line" refers to a prepared response, perhaps one intended to be what the listener wants to hear. Don't feed me a line, tell me the truth—what's the real reason you missed my party?
See also: feed, line

feed someone a line

1. Also, feed someone lines. Cue an actor with his or her next line (or lines), or tell someone what to say, as in Some contestants become tongue-tied, so someone has to feed them a line, or Eric still has trouble learning a part; he needs someone to feed him his lines.
2. Also, hand someone a line. Lead someone on, deceive with glib or exaggerated talk. For example, He really fed them a line about his important new position, or Don't hand me a line-I know exactly how much you paid for it. [Early 1900s]
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The patch antenna is connected to the feed line through quarter-wave transformer for impedance-matching b/w the patch & the feed-line [1].
This structure effectively prevents feed line radiation from distorting the radiation pattern.
The feed line for the antenna is with an impedance of 100 [OMEGA] and [W.sub.l] is the width of the feed line.
The coupling feed driver comprises two orthogonal folded feed lines, which are printed on the top and bottom layers of 50 x 50 [mm.sup.2] FR4 substrate (thickness = 0.8 mm, [[epsilon].sub.r] = 4.4, tan [delta] = 0.02).
In this letter, a microstrip short-circuited-stub loaded ring resonator (SCSL-RR) and tapped feed lines are utilized together to develop a novel compact wideband BPF.
These sensors are ideal for fuel and air feed lines, additive dispensing control, oil and lubricant circulation, pump protection circuits, cooling system controls, over/under flow limit switches and more.
AIT says the PILIT is designed for maintenance inspection of boiler tubes, floor drains, steam feed lines, and the like in a variety of industries, including power generation, petrochemicals, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.
Leaks can occur unseen from underground feed lines and can only be detected by checking there is no excessive usage, before major contamination occurs.
Autoline II abrasive cutting heads now feature larger, relocated wear inserts for fast changes, abrasive inlets to easily connect abrasive feed lines, and weep holes to indicate if orifices need tightening.
The advantages of stripline-fed, printed aperture antennas over conventional microstrip patch antennas with planar feed lines are studied and discussed.
The flux injection canister is mounted on the boom supporting the rotary drive, resulting in short flux feed lines and no plugging.
The use of a fluidised cup eliminates the need to clean hoppers or purge powder feed lines. The small quantity of powder required for the gun to function (20 gins) makes it an ideal tool for the powder manufacturer for use within laboratories and technical service departments.
The bell sprayer has multiple feed lines, and mixes the pigments at the atomizer, much like a color ink jet printer sprays a limited number of colors in varying combinations to produce a larger variety.
Central systems often imply a longer, more extensive arrangement of resin feed lines, with more elaborate air-drying equipment and controls.