on the line


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on the line

1. In a state of jeopardy or uncertainty. I'm afraid that my scholarship is on the line now that I've been accused of plagiarizing a paper.
2. Speaking or waiting on the telephone. Mr. Parker, when you're ready, Louise in Sales is on the line. I've been on the line for an hour, and still no one has answered.
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on the line

If something such as your reputation, your job, or your life is on the line, there is a risk that you will lose it. Using a small, one-man business can also be a good idea. You are likely to get more care and attention because his reputation is on the line. Note: You can say that you put or lay something on the line, if you do something which causes you to risk losing it. Don't put our friendship on the line like this, Martin. Rob Reiner, the director, laid his reputation on the line when he cast her in the film. Compare with put yourself on the line.
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on the line

1. Ready or available for immediate payment.
2. So as to be risked; in jeopardy: "Careers were on the line once again" (Seymour M. Hersh).
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