- following or supporting conservative or traditional ideas, beliefs, customs, etc.
- long established; traditional: old-line society.
Origin of old-line
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for old-line
The old-line Conservatives opened up to new ideas and new voters, yes.Are Conservative Civil Wars a Good Idea?
March 4, 2013
The case is reduced to a rescue of two old-line industrial companies that bend metal in the Midwest.The Stimulus and Health Care President Runs on ... Tires and Cars?
October 23, 2012
Old-line media firms such as newspapers, book companies and the major networks may find themselves overmatched.President Obama Courts Silicon Valley’s New Digital Aristocracy
February 15, 2012
But all is not well at the old-line American Conservative Union, which throws the annual party.The Right Invades Washington
Samuel P. Jacobs, Shushannah Walshe
February 8, 2011
Jobs in the publishing world will shift away from old-line manufacturing and warehousing to technology, editorial, and creative.Will the Book Survive?
David "Skip" Prichard
July 28, 2010
"Secession" was not a word with which to charm the "old-line Whigs" of the South.The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915
Basil L. Gildersleeve
In the first place, I would say he was not an old-line Whig.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Four
The Committee concluded their interviews with an old-line corporal.General Max Shorter
Kris Ottman Neville
Governor Rector had been elected, in the autumn of 1860, by the Democrats and old-line Whigs.The American Indian as Slaveholder and Seccessionist
Annie Heloise Abel
And his opinion was that the old-line colleges tended to destroy individuality and smother initiative.
- US and Canadian conservative; old-fashioned
- well-established; traditional
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