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line up

1. verb To begin to stand in a line. People started lining up last night so they could be the first ones in the store on Black Friday.
2. verb To get people to stand in a line. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "line" and "up." Can you line up the kids after recess?
3. verb To arrange or organize something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "line" and "up." I lined up several meetings for you today, since you're only in town for such a short period of time.
4. verb To be arranged in a straight line; to be parallel. It's really bugging me that those two pictures don't exactly line up.
5. verb To arrange things in a straight line or in parallel. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "line" and "up." Can you line those pictures up? The one on the left is crooked, and it's really bugging me.
6. verb In sports, to assemble in a particular way before a play begins. The players lined up for the face-off.
7. noun A group of suspects that a witness can review in order to, ideally, identify the perpetrator. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. Was she able to identify the perpetrator when you showed her the lineup?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

line someone or something up (in something)

to put people or things into some kind of formation, such as a row, column, ranks, etc. The teacher lined the children up in two rows. Please line up the children in a row.
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line someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to put people or things in line. Line everyone up and march them onstage. Line up the kids, please. Please line these books up. Hey, you guys! Line yourselves up!
2. Fig. to schedule someone or something [for something]. Please line somebody up for the entertainment. We will try to line up a magician and a clown for the party. They lined up a chorus for the last act.
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line someone up

(for something) Fig. to schedule someone for something; to arrange for someone to do or be something. I lined gardeners up for the summer work on the gardens. I lined up four of my best friends to serve as ushers at my wedding.
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line someone up

(with someone) Go to fix someone up (with someone).
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line up

to form a line; to get into a line. All right, everyone, line up!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

line up

1. Arrange in or form a line, as in Betty lined up the books on the shelf, or The children lined up for lunch. [Late 1800s]
2. Organize, make ready, make the arrangements for, as in They lined up considerable support for the bill, or Nancy was supposed to line up a hall for the concert. [c. 1900]
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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.

line up

v.
1. To form a line: The students lined up at the front of the classroom. People are lining up to get tickets to the game.
2. To arrange some people or things in a line: The police lined the suspects up against the wall. We lined up some chairs in front of the stage. Customers were lined up waiting for the stores to open.
3. To organize something or someone for an event or activity; schedule something or someone: I've lined two interviews up for next week. The organizers lined up some great speakers for the rally. The senator is lining up support for the bill.
4. To straighten something, or put it in the correct position in relation to some other thing: I lined the text up with the edge of the page. The sniper lined up the rifle and fired two shots at the middle of the target. We lined up the holes and put the bolt through.
5. To be straight or in the correct position in relation to some other thing: The holes don't line up—I can't get the bolt in. Does this painting line up with the ceiling?
6. In American football, to take one's position in a formation before a snap or kickoff: The players lined up at the scrimmage line.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lineup

n. a row of suspects arranged at a police station so that a witness can identify one of them. (Underworld.) When they round up all the likely suspects and put them in the lineup, they always stick in a desk sergeant to spy on the rest.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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