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fall in(to) line
1. Literally, to form a line by standing one in front of another. Fall in line, kids, so we can go to gym class.
2. 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 your actions don't fall in line with your boss's expectations.
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fall in(to) line
1. Lit. to line up so that each person (except the first person) stands behind someone. The teacher told the students to fall in line for lunch. Hungry students fall into line very quickly.
2. Fig. to conform; to fall in(to) place. All the parts of the problem finally fell into line. Bill's behavior began to fall in line.
3. Fig. to behave in a manner similar to someone or something. You are expected to fall into line with the other people. We want you to fall in line.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
fall in line
Also, fall into line. Adhere to established rules or predetermined courses of action. For example, This idea falls in line with the entire agenda, or It wasn't easy to get all the tenants to fall into line concerning the rent hike. A related term is bring into line, meaning "to make someone fit established rules," as in It was her job to bring her class into line with the others. These terms employ line in the sense of "alignment," a usage dating from about 1500.
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.
fall in (or into) lineconform with others or with accepted behaviour.
This phrase originally referred to soldiers arranging themselves into military formation.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
fall into line
To adhere to established rules or predetermined courses of action.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.