on the line

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on the line (comparative more on the line, superlative most on the line)

  1. On a level with the eye of the observer, as of a picture hung in on a wall.
  2. (idiomatic) At risk, as in a contest or enterprise.
    The survival of the company is on the line with this project.
    "I have a stalker, my life is on the line!" - Gabrielle, from Desperate Housewives Season 3 episode 13

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on the line (comparative more on the line, superlative most on the line)

  1. Currently calling on the telephone.
    I have John on the line for you.
  2. (sports) On one of the lines marked on a playing field or court and, hence, in bounds.
    The ball was on the line but the umpire ruled it out.

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