line

2
[ lahyn ]
/ laɪn /

verb (used with object), lined, lin·ing.

to cover the inner side or surface of: to line the coat with blue silk.
to serve to cover: Velvet draperies lined the walls of the room.
to furnish or fill: to line shelves with provisions.
to reinforce the back of a book with glued fabric, paper, vellum, etc.

noun

a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.

Idioms

    line one's pockets, to make much money, especially in an illegal or questionable way.

Origin of line

2
1350–1400; Middle English lynen, derivative of line linen, flax, Old English līn < Latin līnum flax

Definition for line one's pockets (2 of 2)

pocket

[ pok-it ]
/ ˈpɒk ɪt /

noun

adjective

small enough or suitable for carrying in the pocket: a pocket watch.
relatively small; smaller than usual: a pocket war; a pocket country.

verb (used with object)

Origin of pocket

1250–1300; Middle English poket < Old North French (Picard) poquet (Old French pochet, pochette), diminutive of poque < Middle Dutch poke poke2; see -et
Related formspock·et·less, adjectivepock·et·like, adjectiveun·pock·et, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for line one's pockets (1 of 3)

line

1
/ (laɪn) /

noun

verb

See also lines, line-up
Derived Formslinable or lineable, adjectivelined, adjectivelinelike, adjectiveliny or liney, adjective

Word Origin for line

C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin līnea, n use of līneus flaxen, from līnum flax; partly from Old English līn, ultimately also from Latin līnum flax

British Dictionary definitions for line one's pockets (2 of 3)

line

2
/ (laɪn) /

verb (tr)

to attach an inside covering to (a garment, curtain, etc), as for protection, to hide the seaming, or so that it should hang well
to cover or fit the inside ofto line the walls with books
to fill plentifullya purse lined with money
to reinforce the back of (a book) with fabric, paper, etc

Word Origin for line

C14: ultimately from Latin līnum flax, since linings were often made of linen

British Dictionary definitions for line one's pockets (3 of 3)

pocket

/ (ˈpɒkɪt) /

noun

verb -ets, -eting or -eted (tr)

Derived Formspocketable, adjectivepocketless, adjective

Word Origin for pocket

C15: from Anglo-Norman poket a little bag, from poque bag, from Middle Dutch poke poke ², bag; related to French poche pocket
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Medicine definitions for line one's pockets (1 of 2)

line

[ līn ]

n.

Medicine definitions for line one's pockets (2 of 2)

pocket

[ pŏkĭt ]

n.

In anatomy, a cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.
A diseased space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth.
A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.

v.

To enclose within a confined space.
To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned-out wall of an abscess which is about to rupture.
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Science definitions for line one's pockets

line

[ līn ]

A geometric figure formed by a point moving in a fixed direction and in the reverse direction. The intersection of two planes is a line.♦ The part of a line that lies between two points on the line is called a line segment.
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Culture definitions for line one's pockets

line


A set of points that have one dimension — length — but no width or height. (See coordinates.)

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Idioms and Phrases with line one's pockets (1 of 3)

line one's pockets


Accept a bribe or other illicit payment, as in The mayor and his cronies found dozens of ways to line their pockets. This expression dates from the mid-1500s, when it was also put as line one's purse.

Idioms and Phrases with line one's pockets (2 of 3)

line


In addition to the idioms beginning with line

  • line of fire, in the
  • line one's pockets
  • line up

also see:

  • all along (the line)
  • along the lines of
  • blow it (one's lines)
  • bottom line
  • chow down (line)
  • down the line
  • draw a line
  • draw the line at
  • drop a line
  • end of the line
  • fall in line
  • feed someone a line
  • firing line
  • get a line on
  • go on (line)
  • hard line
  • hold the line
  • hook, line, and sinker
  • hot line
  • in line
  • lay on the line
  • least resistance, line of
  • on line
  • out of line
  • party line
  • read between the lines
  • sign on the dotted line
  • somewhere along the line
  • step out of line
  • toe the line

Idioms and Phrases with line one's pockets (3 of 3)

pocket


In addition to the idioms beginning with pocket

  • pocket money
  • pocket veto

also see:

  • deep pockets
  • in one's pocket
  • in pocket
  • line one's pockets
  • money burns a hole in one's pocket
  • out of pocket
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