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all along the line

Also, all the way down the line . At every point, stage, or moment. For example, We've had problems with this supplier all along the line , or He's been very helpful all the way down the line . The line originally referred to a row of troops, but the expression has been used figuratively since the late 1800s. Also see somewhere along the line
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