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be in the pipeline

To be in progress. Don't worry, your raise is in the pipeline for next quarter. I hear some big changes are in the pipeline.
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in the pipeline

In progress or about to be started or implemented. Don't worry, your raise is in the pipeline for next quarter. I hear some big changes are in the pipeline.
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in the pipeline

Fig. backed up somewhere in a process; in process; in a queue. There's a lot of goods still in the pipeline. That means no more new orders will be shipped for a while. Your papers are in the pipeline somewhere. You'll just have to wait.
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in the pipeline

1. In process, under way, as in The blueprints for the new machine are in the pipeline, but it will take months to get approval . [Colloquial; 1940s] Also see in the works.
2. Budgeted for something but not yet spent, as in There's $5 million more in the pipeline for the city schools. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
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in the pipeline

COMMON If something is in the pipeline, it is being planned or developed. New security measures are in the pipeline, including closed-circuit TV cameras in most stores. Over 350 major hospital schemes have been completed. There are nearly 300 more in the pipeline. Note: Another American expression that means the same is in the works.
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in the pipeline

being planned or developed; about to happen.
1992 Sunday Times of India In effect, this means that two bio-pics on Buddha are in the pipeline for release in 1993 .
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in the ˈpipeline

already being considered, planned, prepared or developed, but not yet ready: We have an interesting new database program in the pipeline. It should be on sale early next year.
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in the pipeline

mod. backed up somewhere in a process; in process; in a queue. There are a lot of goods still in the pipeline. That means no more orders for a while.
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Unbeknownst to the boys, a 33-year-old pipeline carrying jet fuel, gasoline, and other petroleum products lay directly underneath the boys' neighborhood.
The decision is a very important step in coming to the best resolution of this issue,'' said City Councilman Richard Alarcon, who is leading the opposition to the pipeline.
Most importantly, the Ye-Tavoy railroad is physically incapable of transporting the large, heavy equipment required for a pipeline construction project.
The oil companies removed themselves as owners Monday, while signing an agreement to use the pipeline once it is completed, said Barbara Kornylo, Texaco spokeswoman.
We fully intend to seek legislation if they don't comply,'' said Charles Samo, supervising pipeline safety engineer for the state Fire Marshal's Office.
A better alternative to the Pacific proposal is a similar pipeline completely outside the San Fernando Valley offered by Southern California Edison and the Cajon Pipeline Co.