main line

main line
noun Date: 1841 1. a principal highway or railroad line 2. slang a principal vein of the circulatory system

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  • main line — principal line of a railway, 1841; meaning affluent area of residence is by 1917, originally (with capitals) that of Philadelphia, from the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad which added local stops to a string of backwater towns west of the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • main|line — «MAYN LYN», adjective, verb, lined, lin|ing. –adjective. 1. traveling on or situated along a main line: »mainline towns. 2. having a well established or prominent position; being part of the mainstream: »mainline Protestant churches.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • main-line — ˌmain ˈline ; adjective • a main line station Main entry: ↑main linederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • main line — n. Ahe principal route of a transportation system, such as a railroad or bus line. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • main line — n an important railway that connects two cities ▪ the main line to Moscow >mainline adj [only before noun] ▪ a mainline station …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Main Line — Main Line, adj. Main Liner, n. 1. a fashionable residential district west of Philadelphia. 2. any fashionable district where socially prominent people live. * * * …   Universalium

  • main line — main′ line′ n. 1) rai a principal highway or railway line 2) sts Slang. an accessible vein that can be used to inject a narcotic •• Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • main line — ► NOUN 1) a chief railway line. 2) informal a principal vein as a site for a drug injection …   English terms dictionary

  • main line — n slang a principal vein of the circulatory system …   Medical dictionary

  • main line — noun count an important railroad between two cities …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • main line — Shaft Shaft, n. [OE. shaft, schaft, AS. sceaft; akin to D. schacht, OHG. scaft, G. schaft, Dan. & Sw. skaft handle, haft, Icel. skapt, and probably to L. scapus, Gr. ????, ????, a staff. Probably originally, a shaven or smoothed rod. Cf. {Scape} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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