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line up with
1. To join someone or something in a line. I lined up with Tammy in the cafeteria. She heaved a sigh or resignation and lined up with all the other customers at the checkout.
2. To cause or direct someone or something to form or get into a line with other people or things. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used before or after "up." The police officer lined up the suspect with several other men to see if the witness picked him out. Line the book up with the other ones by the same author.
3. To form or get into a line in the same orientation as something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used before or after "up." Make sure each tile you lay lines up perfectly with the others—the homeowners aren't paying for crooked tiling. We want the north side of the football field to line up with the south side of the high school.
4. To be in agreement or accordance with something; to concur with or corroborate some piece of information. Her testimony lines up with the defendant's alibi. That's right, sir, Tom's estimates line up perfectly with my own calculations.
5. To organize or schedule a meeting or event with another person or a group of people. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used before or after "up." We need to line up a meeting with the CEOs of the two companies. We're trying to line up a silent auction to benefit victims of last month's hurricane.
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line someone or something up with someone or something
1. Lit. to place people or things into a line with other people or things. Line Fred up with the others. Line up these books with the others. Please line yourselves up with the others.
2. Lit. to place people or things into a line that is oriented on someone or something. Line everyone up with the flagpole so we can march into the hall, Please line up everyone with the flagpole straight ahead.
3. Fig. to schedule a meeting date with someone or a group of people. Will you line everyone up with us for a Monday morning meeting? See if you can line up a meeting with Todd and Frank.
line someone or something up with something
to position someone or something (or a group) in reference to other things. Please line the chairs up with the floor tiles. Line up this brick with the bricks below and at both sides. That's the way you lay bricks.
line up with someone
to get into a line with someone. Go over and line up with the others. Would you please line up with the other students?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.