on the lines of (something)

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on the lines of (something)

Approximately or imperfectly similar to something; very like something, but not quite the same. Well, that's on the lines of what I have in mind for the new kitchen, but there are a few tweaks you need to make before it's right.
See also: line, of, on

on/along the lines of ...

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on/along (the) ... lines

(spoken)
1 in the way that is mentioned: The new system will operate along the same lines as the old one.
2 similar to something; in a similar way, style, etc. to something: I’m looking for a silver teapot, something along the lines of this one here.
3 used for giving a summary of something you have read or heard: ‘What did he say in his defence?’ ‘Something along the lines of his being so drunk that he didn’t realize what he was doing.’
See also: line, on