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line sb.1 (1 metaphor from angling; 7 only S.)
1. “give ,” allow full play or scope Wint. I. ii. 181, 2H4 IV. iv. 39; so “with full line” Meas. I. iv. 56.
2. “by and level,” by means of instruments used for determining exactly vertical and horizontal position, (hence fig.) with methodical accuracy Tp. IV. i. 241, 245
3. “line of life,” (in palmistry) the line on the hand which is supposed to indicate the nature or duration of one's life Mer.V. II. ii. 176 [169].
4. “under the line,” at the equator Tp. IV. i. 239 (punningly), H8 V. iv. 45 (with allusion to the heat).
5. contour, lineament All'sW. V. iii. 49, Wint. I. ii. 154 “the l-s Of my boy's face,” Cym. IV. i. 10 “the l-s of my body,” Sonn. xvi. 9 “the l-s of life” (=living features).
6. degree, station 1H4 I. iii. 168, III. ii. 85.
7. pl. goings-on, caprices or fits of temper Wiv. IV. ii. 22 “your husband is in his old l-s again,” Troil. II. iii. 140 “His pettish l-s” ; mod. edd. “lunes”†. ∥ Perhaps to be connected with the mod. Warwickshire ‘on a line’=in a rage.
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