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more idioms involving line
In the line of fire
Likely to be criticized or attacked
We in the marketing section don't have to worry, it is the salesmen that are in the line of fire.
Note: This war phrase means that enemy gunfire is likely to hit you.
Way out of line
To say or do something completely wrong
Please accept my apology for criticizing your leadership. I was way out of line, sir.
Note: This refers to a line of soldiers that is expected to step in unison.
Put one's neck on the line
To risk one's reputation
I have to meet this deadline, Okada-san. My neck is on the line.
Toe the line
To behave as those in authority expect one to behave
The tax auditors are studying our company books so we must toe the line carefully.
Read between the lines
To understand what is not stated openly
The CEO didn't say he will fire the Finance Manager, but it is clear if you read between the lines.