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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. 2018.
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  • A short line was formed, another; they dissolved before a third could be added.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • We were on a short line, however, for the bull had not sounded deeply.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • Ralph had a motive in coming to this terminus of the short line Route.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • She did not curve but cut his circle by a short line and brought up at his side.

    Dorothy's Travels Evelyn Raymond
  • In front of the board draw a short line for the starting-post.

  • The general rule, then, is that "the short line rules the rate."

  • Sometimes the long line and sometimes the short line will dominate.

  • He angled in the slow stream with a long reed and a short line.

    Arethusa F. Marion Crawford

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