in the pipeline
pipeline pipeline, pipe line pipe line 1. A line of pipe with pumping machinery and apparatus for conveying liquids, gases, or finely divided solids, such as petroleum or natural gas, between distant points. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

2. fig. an information channel direct from the source. [PJC]

3. the set of stages and processes from the invention or design of a product to its ultimate use, production, or commercial sale. Used commonly in the phrase

{in the pipeline}, i. e. still in preparation or under development. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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