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[ meyn-lahyn, -lahyn ]

verb (used without object)

, Slang.
, main·lined, main·lin·ing.
  1. to inject a narcotic, especially heroin, directly into a vein.
  2. to use or enjoy something without restriction:

    to mainline on TV movies.

verb (used with object)

, Slang.
, main·lined, main·lin·ing.
  1. to inject (a narcotic, especially heroin) directly into a vein.
  2. to use, enjoy, or imbibe (something) without restriction:

    mainlining coffee all day long.


  1. having a principal, established, or widely accepted position; major; mainstream:

    the membership of mainline churches.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mainline1

1935–40, Americanism; v., adj. use of main line
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Example Sentences

The Pokémon mainline games have been in desperate need of a shake-up.

Now it’s time to stop pressing the “B button” on the mainline games, and let them evolve into something new.

The unique storytelling in “Detective Pikachu,” both the game and movie, offers an interesting perspective on the Pokémon world that the mainline games haven’t come close to touching.

Twenty-five years in, nothing had really changed in terms of how players engaged with the gameplay in the mainline Pokémon titles.

It’s not a mainline game, but the announcement alone has changed my perspective.

Mainline and black Protestants rarely regard Southern Baptists and Mormons as political allies.

And mainline Protestant denominations find themselves shrinking.

Mainline Protestant denominations are in marked decline and Evangelical Christianity is in slow retrograde.

This collaboration is different from our mainline collection, but the PETER PILOTTO woman is the same.

The decline of mainline Protestantism has also undermined this sort of prudent, empirically-minded Republicanism.

Sidetrack your emotions if you can and stick to the mainline!





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