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short line

a bus or rail route covering only a limited distance.
Origin of short line
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Has any of your readers met with, or heard of the second short line, appendant and appurtenant to the first?

  • A short line was formed, another; they dissolved before a third could be added.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The construction of this line was followed by the building of a short line from the city of Salto towards the frontier of Brazil.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • The general rule, then, is that "the short line rules the rate."

  • The fish are struck within sight of the Islands, and as the water is shoal, owing to sandbanks, a short line is employed.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
  • Sometimes the long line and sometimes the short line will dominate.

  • Ralph was amazed and delighted at the progress made by the short line Railway.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • He angled in the slow stream with a long reed and a short line.

    Arethusa F. Marion Crawford

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