receiving line
noun Date: 1933 a group of people who stand in a line and individually welcome guests (as at a wedding reception)

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  • receiving line — n. at formal gatherings, the host, hostess, guests of honor, and others, who stand in a row to greet guests …   English World dictionary

  • receiving line — a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc. [1930 35, Amer.] * * * noun, pl ⋯ lines [count] US : a group of family members and friends who stand in line at a wedding, funeral,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • receiving line — a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc. [1930 35, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • receiving line — receiv′ing line n. a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, to greet guests formally, as at a reception • Etymology: 1930–35, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • receiving line — noun A queue of guests waiting to greet or condole the guests of honor at a wedding or other ceremony …   Wiktionary

  • line — n. long, thin mark 1) to draw a line 2) a broken; contour; crooked; curved; dotted; fine, thin; heavy, thick; horizontal; parallel; perpendicular; solid, unbroken; straight; vertical; wavy line queue (AE) 3) to form a line 4) to buck ( push into… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Line-of-sight propagation — refers to electro magnetic radiation including light emissions traveling in a straight line. The rays or waves are diffracted, refracted, reflected, or absorbed by atmosphere and obstructions with material and generally cannot travel over the… …   Wikipedia

  • line someone's pockets — line (someone s) pockets if money or a system is lining someone s pockets, that person is receiving too much money or is receiving money that is not intended for them. There s to be an investigation following allegations that the money raised is… …   New idioms dictionary

  • line pockets — line (someone s) pockets if money or a system is lining someone s pockets, that person is receiving too much money or is receiving money that is not intended for them. There s to be an investigation following allegations that the money raised is… …   New idioms dictionary

  • line of sight — noun an imaginary straight line along which an observer looks • Syn: ↑line of vision • Hypernyms: ↑line * * * 1. or line of sighting : a linear projection toward a target of the straight line obtained when the sights of a firearm are in perfect… …   Useful english dictionary

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