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Origin of lineup

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase line up
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British Dictionary definitions for lineup



a row or arrangement of people or things assembled for a particular purposethe line-up for the football match
the members of such a row or arrangement
an identity parade

verb line up (adverb)

to form, put into, or organize a line-up
(tr) to produce, organize, and assemblethey lined up some questions
(tr) to align
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Idioms and Phrases with lineup

line up


Arrange in or form a line, as in Betty lined up the books on the shelf, or The children lined up for lunch. [Late 1800s]


Organize, make ready, make the arrangements for, as in They lined up considerable support for the bill, or Nancy was supposed to line up a hall for the concert. [c. 1900]

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