get a line on (someone or something)(redirected from get a line)
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get a line on (someone or something)
To have or obtain helpful information about someone or something. I've got a line on a few job opportunities in the city. John's got a line on a guy who can fix the car for half the price.
get a line on
Also, have a line on. Acquire information about something or someone, come to know. For example, Sue got a line on some possible tennis partners, or The realtor has a line on a number of vacant apartments. Similarly, give someone a line on means "provide information about," as in The librarian gave me a line on the books I would need. This idiom uses line in the sense of "a direct course." [c. 1900] Also see get a fix on.
get a line on someonemainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you get a line on someone or something, you get some information about them. We've been trying to get a line on you, and the more we try, the less we find. Note: You can say that you have a line on someone or something if you have some information about them. I really don't have a line on what's going to happen yet.
get a line onlearn something about. informal
1939 Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep I was trying to get a line on you, sure.