give a person line

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

give a person line

  1. (idiomatic) to allow a person more or less liberty until it is convenient to stop or check him/her, like a hooked fish that swims away with the line

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.