give a line

give (one) a line

To speak deceptively to one. In this phrase, "line" refers to a prepared response, perhaps one intended to be what the listener wants to hear. Don't give me a line, tell me the truth—what's the real reason you missed my party?
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give someone a line

 and feed someone a line
to lead someone on; to deceive someone with false talk. Don't pay any attention to John. He gives everybody a line. He's always feeding us a line.
See also: give, line
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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