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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 orthogonal feed lines contribute to the vertical and horizontal polarization modes, respectively.
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.
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 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.
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Tenders are invited for Procurement of High pressure Gate, Globe and regulating valves for steam and feed lines for 500MW, CSTPS, Unit-5, 6 & 7.
Two microstrip feed lines of the power divider couple the energy from the two slotlines of CPW, thus a power divide, which is also a CPW-to-microstrip transition, is achieved.
This design also allows the permanent connection of vacuum and feed lines to the fixed position vacuum hood.
One feed line is always kept unperturbed and the others are perturbed in the following sequence: 0-1-2-3, 0-2-4-8, 0-3-6-12, 0-4-8-16, 0-5-10-15 and 0-6-12-18, where the integers represent the numbers of PBG elements under consecutive feed lines.
Two of the flowmeters have been installed in separate feed lines between chemical storage tamks and a mixing vessel.
Colour changing is a simple matter of changing the box and purging the feed lines and gun with air and is achieved in seconds with minimal disruption to production.