along the lines of

Also, on the lines of. Roughly similar or in keeping with. For example, We told the architect we want a design along the lines of his own house but smaller, or Jane asked the caterer for a menu on the lines of the Morgans' wedding reception. This idiom uses line in the sense of “a direction or procedure,” a usage dating from the early 1600s.


Nearby words

  1. aloin,
  2. alone,
  3. along,
  4. along for the ride,
  5. along in years,
  6. along with,
  7. alongships,
  8. alongshore,
  9. alongside,
  10. alongside of

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