feed someone a line


Also, feed someone lines. Cue an actor with his or her next line (or lines), or tell someone what to say, as in Some contestants become tongue-tied, so someone has to feed them a line, or Eric still has trouble learning a part; he needs someone to feed him his lines.


Also, hand someone a line. Lead someone on, deceive with glib or exaggerated talk. For example, He really fed them a line about his important new position, or Don't hand me a line—I know exactly how much you paid for it. [Early 1900s]

Nearby words

  1. feebly,
  2. feed,
  3. feed a cold; starve a fever,
  4. feed bag,
  5. feed one's face,
  6. feed the kitty,
  7. feed-in tariff,
  8. feedback,
  9. feedback inhibition,
  10. feedback loop

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.