get a line on

Also, have a line on. Acquire information about something or someone, come to know. For example, Sue got a line on some possible tennis partners, or The realtor has a line on a number of vacant apartments. Similarly, give someone a line on means “provide information about,” as in The librarian gave me a line on the books I would need. This idiom uses line in the sense of “a direct course.” [c. 1900] Also see get a fix on.

Nearby words

  1. get a hand,
  2. get a handle on,
  3. get a head start,
  4. get a kick out of,
  5. get a life,
  6. get a load of,
  7. get a move on,
  8. get a rise out of,
  9. get a thing about,
  10. get a word in edgewise

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