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receiving line

a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc.
Origin of receiving line
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When the reception began, somehow or other, Cousin Percy was in the receiving line.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Marian Seaton had been chosen to stand in the receiving line.

    Jane Allen: Right Guard Edith Bancroft
  • Her eyes were playing up and down the receiving line, a world of veiled contempt in their blue depths.

  • When they had won clear of the receiving line, Leila indulged in a subdued ripple of laughter.

  • The year before, at a White House reception, he had singled her out to stand at his side in the receiving line.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
  • Insists, simply insists that we shall all three of us stand up with her in the receiving line!

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • At ten o'clock the receiving line had dissolved and the dance was in full swing above.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • Having passed the receiving line, the Westons held a small reception of their own.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott

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