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
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It is clearly essential to the interest of this theory that the thought or rule alluded to by Buhler should not need to be expressed in words, for if it is expressed in words it is immediately capable of being dealt with on the lines with which the behaviourists have familiarized us.
In order to see how nearly I could guess, with this experience, at the deepest point in a pond, by observing the outlines of a surface and the character of its shores alone, I made a plan of White Pond, which contains about forty-one acres, and, like this, has no island in it, nor any visible inlet or outlet; and as the line of greatest breadth fell very near the line of least breadth, where two opposite capes approached each other and two opposite bays receded, I ventured to mark a point a short distance from the latter line, but still on the line of greatest length, as the deepest.
Finest engine we've got on the line, and the best driver.