Get in line

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 2011, 12:00am


'I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to.' Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

In my line

Elvis was using the word 'line' to mean 'job' when he gave his famous comment about the pop music industry.

What sort of 'lines' are these?

1 a hard line

a. very strictly sticking to policy or opinions

b. a line drawn under the title of something

2 the plot line

a. the back page of a newspaper

b. the story of a film, play or novel

3 the bottom line

a. the most important fact in a situation

b. the final section of a story

4 a line manager

a. the person in charge of a shopping mall

b. someone who is your immediate boss

5 the punchline

a. the final line of a joke

b. the first few words of a song

6 an assembly line

a. a queue of people waiting to get into a sale

b. a line of machines and workers in a factory manufacturing a product

Which noun?

Complete these sentences by choosing the correct words in brackets.

1 (The bottom line / the punchline) is that I need at least another week to complete this project.

2 Henry Ford was the first man to introduce (the line manager / the assembly line) in factories in America.

3 Tell Mark the joke you told me last night. It's got a hilarious (bottom line / punchline).

4 My (assembly line / line manager) is Mr Chan and he's very understanding and helpful.

5 The (plot line / punchline) of that film is really difficult to follow. It's much too complicated.

6 I will have to take (a hard line / the assembly line) with her if she continues to come in late.

Don't put your neck on the line

How would you use these phrasal verbs?

1 to put your neck on the line

a. to put yourself at great risk

b. to change your mind about somebody

2 to fall for something hook, line and sinker

a. to completely believe something someone tells you that is not true

b. to waste a lot of money on something that was not worth it

3 to sign on the dotted line

a. to officially sign a document

b. to refuse to do something

4 to be in the firing line

a. to get a promotion at work

b. to be in a position when you can be criticised or get into trouble


Complete these snippets of dialogue by choosing the correct words in brackets.

1 That's all the paperwork done. Can you now please (put your neck on the line / sign on the dotted line)?

2 I fell for his lies (in the firing line/ hook, line and sinker). I will never trust that man again.

3 Don't (put your neck on the line / sign on the dotted line) by telling the boss what you know. Just keep quiet.

4 You will find yourself (in the firing line / signing on the dotted line) if you continue to make comments like that about your work colleagues.


In my line 1. a, 2.b, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a, 6.b

Which noun: 1. the bottom line, 2. the assembly line, 3. punchline, 4. line manager, 5. plot line, 6. a hard line

Don't put your neck on the line: 1. a, 2. a, 3. a, 4. b

Snippets: 1. sign on the dotted line, 2. hook, line and sinker, 3. put your neck on the line, 4. in the firing line