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pipeline

[pahyp-lahyn] /ˈpaɪpˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a long tubular conduit or series of pipes, often underground, with pumps and valves for flow control, used to transport crude oil, natural gas, water, etc., especially over great distances.
2.
a route, channel, or process along which something passes or is provided at a steady rate; means, system, or flow of supply or supplies:
Freighters and cargo planes are a pipeline for overseas goods.
3.
a channel of information, especially one that is direct, privileged, or confidential; inside source; reliable contact.
verb (used with object), pipelined, pipelining.
4.
to convey by or as if by pipeline:
to pipeline oil from the far north to ice-free ports; to pipeline graduates into the top jobs.
Idioms
5.
in the pipeline,
  1. Informal. in the process of being developed, provided, or completed; in the works; under way.
  2. Government Informal. (of funds) authorized but not spent.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; pipe1 + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for in pipeline

pipeline

/ˈpaɪpˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a long pipe, esp underground, used to transport oil, natural gas, etc, over long distances
2.
a medium of communication, esp a private one
3.
in the pipeline, in the process of being completed, delivered, or produced
verb (transitive)
4.
to convey by pipeline
5.
to supply with a pipeline
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Word Origin and History for in pipeline
pipeline
1873, "continuous line of pipes," from pipe + line. Fig. sense of "channel of communication" is from 1921; surfer slang meaning "hollow part of a large wave" is attested by 1963.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for in pipeline

pipeline

modifier

Directly communicated: a pipeline review

noun
  1. A channel of communication, esp a direct and special one: You'd think he has a pipeline to Jesus (1921+)
  2. A channel or course for routine production, processing, etc: We'll have fewer men in what we call the ''pipeline'' who are moving (1955+)
Related Terms

in the pipeline, pipe


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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