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idioms involving line
Down the line
At some vague point in the future
The salesman assured us that we could get a refund if we cancelled the service down the line.
Along the line
At some vague point during the course or process
The author agreed to write a sequel, but somewhere along the line, she changed her mind.
The bottom line
The most important part of the discussion, or the conclusion
Sekine-san didn’t read the entire report but said the bottom line is that our plant has to cut pollution emissions by 30%.
Note: This is an accounting expression: the bottom line is the amount of profit or loss.
Cross the line
To go too far, to be unacceptable or in bad taste
The new TV comedy could be offensive to some, but the producers insist it doesn’t cross the line.
Draw the line
To determine what is acceptable and what is unacceptable
Our new company dress code allows casual dress but draws the line at T-shirts and jeans.
Note: This means T-shirts and jeans are unacceptable.