line one's pockets

line

2 [lahyn]
verb (used with object), lined, lining.
1.
to cover the inner side or surface of: to line the coat with blue silk.
2.
to serve to cover: Velvet draperies lined the walls of the room.
3.
to furnish or fill: to line shelves with provisions.
4.
to reinforce the back of a book with glued fabric, paper, vellum, etc.
noun
5.
a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.
Idioms
6.
line one's pockets, to make much money, especially in an illegal or questionable way.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English lynen, derivative of line linen, flax, Old English līn < Latin līnum flax

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pocket

[pok-it]
noun
1.
a shaped piece of fabric attached inside or outside a garment and forming a pouch used especially for carrying small articles.
2.
a bag or pouch.
3.
means; financial resources: a selection of gifts to fit every pocket.
4.
any pouchlike receptacle, compartment, hollow, or cavity.
5.
an envelope, receptacle, etc., usually of heavy paper and open at one end, used for storing or preserving photographs, stamps, phonograph records, etc.: Each album has 12 pockets.
6.
a recess, as in a wall, for receiving a sliding door, sash weights, etc.
7.
any isolated group, area, element, etc., contrasted, as in status or condition, with a surrounding element or group: pockets of resistance; a pocket of poverty in the central city.
8.
Mining.
a.
a small orebody or mass of ore, frequently isolated.
b.
a bin for ore or rock storage.
c.
a raise or small slope fitted with chute gates.
9.
Billiards, Pool. any of the pouches or bags at the corners and sides of the table.
10.
a position in which a competitor in a race is so hemmed in by others that his or her progress is impeded.
11.
Football. the area from which a quarterback throws a pass, usually a short distance behind the line of scrimmage and protected by a wall of blockers.
12.
Bowling. the space between the headpin and the pin next behind to the left or right, taken as the target for a strike.
13.
Baseball. the deepest part of a mitt or glove, roughly in the area around the center of the palm, where most balls are caught.
14.
Nautical. a holder consisting of a strip of sailcloth sewed to a sail, and containing a thin wooden batten that stiffens the leech of the sail.
15.
Anatomy. any saclike cavity in the body: a pus pocket.
17.
an English unit of weight for hops equivalent to 168 pounds (76.4 kg).
adjective
18.
small enough or suitable for carrying in the pocket: a pocket watch.
19.
relatively small; smaller than usual: a pocket war; a pocket country.
verb (used with object)
20.
to put into one's pocket: to pocket one's keys.
21.
to take possession of as one's own, often dishonestly: to pocket public funds.
22.
to submit to or endure without protest or open resentment: to pocket an insult.
23.
to conceal or suppress: to pocket one's pride.
24.
to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket: The town was pocketed in a small valley.
25.
Billiards, Pool. to drive (a ball) into a pocket.
27.
to hem in (a contestant) so as to impede progress, as in racing.
Idioms
28.
in one's pocket, in one's possession; under one's influence: He has the audience in his pocket.
29.
line one's pockets, to profit, especially at the expense of others: While millions were fighting and dying, the profiteers were lining their pockets.
30.
out of pocket, having suffered a financial loss; poorer: He had made unwise land purchases, and found himself several thousand dollars out of pocket.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English poket < Old North French (Picard) poquet (Old French pochet, pochette), diminutive of poque < Middle Dutch poke poke2; see -et

pocketless, adjective
pocketlike, adjective
unpocket, verb (used with object)


21. steal, pilfer, appropriate, filch.
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line1 (laɪn)
 
n
1.  a narrow continuous mark, as one made by a pencil, pen, or brush across a surface
2.  such a mark cut into or raised from a surface
3.  a thin indented mark or wrinkle
4.  a straight or curved continuous trace having no breadth that is produced by a moving point
5.  maths
 a.  any straight one-dimensional geometrical element whose identity is determined by two points. A line segment lies between any two points on a line
 b.  a set of points (x, y) that satisfies the equation y = mx + c, where m is the gradient and c is the intercept with the y-axis
6.  a border or boundary: the county line
7.  sport
 a.  a white or coloured band indicating a boundary or division on a field, track, etc
 b.  a mark or imaginary mark at which a race begins or ends
8.  American football
 a.  See line of scrimmage
 b.  the players arranged in a row on either side of the line of scrimmage at the start of each play
9.  a specified point of change or limit: the dividing line between sanity and madness
10.  a.  the edge or contour of a shape, as in sculpture or architecture, or a mark on a painting, drawing, etc, defining or suggesting this
 b.  the sum or type of such contours or marks, characteristic of a style or design: the line of a draughtsman; the line of a building
11.  anything long, flexible, and thin, such as a wire or string: a washing line; a fishing line
12.  a telephone connection: a direct line to New York
13.  a.  a conducting wire, cable, or circuit for making connections between pieces of electrical apparatus, such as a cable for electric-power transmission, telecommunications, etc
 b.  (as modifier): the line voltage
14.  a system of travel or transportation, esp over agreed routes: a shipping line
15.  a company operating such a system
16.  a route between two points on a railway
17.  chiefly (Brit)
 a.  a railway track, including the roadbed, sleepers, etc
 b.  one of the rails of such a track
18.  (NZ) a roadway usually in a rural area
19.  a course or direction of movement or advance: the line of flight of a bullet
20.  a course or method of action, behaviour, etc: take a new line with him
21.  a policy or prescribed course of action or way of thinking (often in the phrases bringorcome into line)
22.  a field of study, interest, occupation, trade, or profession: this book is in your line
23.  alignment; true (esp in the phrases in line, out of line)
24.  one kind of product or article: a nice line in hats
25.  (NZ) a collection of bales of wool all of the one type
26.  a row of persons or things: a line of cakes on the conveyor belt
27.  a chronological or ancestral series, esp of people: a line of prime ministers
28.  a row of words printed or written across a page or column
29.  a unit of verse consisting of the number of feet appropriate to the metre being used and written or printed with the words in a single row
30.  a short letter; note: just a line to say thank you
31.  a piece of useful information or hint about something: give me a line on his work
32.  one of a number of narrow horizontal bands forming a television picture
33.  physics a narrow band in an electromagnetic spectrum, resulting from a transition in an atom, ion, or molecule of a gas or plasma
34.  music
 a.  Compare space any of the five horizontal marks that make up the stave
 b.  the musical part or melody notated on one such set
 c.  a discernible shape formed by sequences of notes or musical sounds: a meandering melodic line
 d.  (in polyphonic music) a set of staves that are held together with a bracket or brace
35.  a unit of magnetic flux equal to 1 maxwell
36.  a defensive or fortified position, esp one that marks the most forward position in war or a national boundary: the front line
37.  line ahead, line abreast a formation adopted by a naval unit for manoeuvring
38.  a formation adopted by a body or a number of military units when drawn up abreast
39.  the combatant forces of certain armies and navies, excluding supporting arms
40.  fencing one of four divisions of the target on a fencer's body, considered as areas to which specific attacks are made
41.  the scent left by a fox
42.  a.  the equator (esp in the phrase crossing the line)
 b.  any circle or arc on the terrestrial or celestial sphere
43.  the amount of insurance written by an underwriter for a particular risk
44.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): queue a line of people, vehicles, etc, waiting for something
45.  slang a portion of a powdered drug for snorting
46.  slang something said for effect, esp to solicit for money, sex, etc: he gave me his usual line
47.  above the line
 a.  accounting denoting entries above a horizontal line on a profit and loss account, separating those that establish the profit or loss from those that show how the profit is distributed
 b.  denoting revenue transactions rather than capital transactions in a nation's accounts
 c.  marketing expenditure on media advertising through an agency, rather than internally arranged advertising, such as direct mail, free samples, etc
 d.  bridge denoting bonus points, marked above the horizontal line on the score card
48.  below the line
 a.  accounting denoting entries below a horizontal line on a profit and loss account, separating those that establish the profit or loss from those that show how the profit is distributed
 b.  denoting capital transactions rather than revenue transactions in a nation's accounts
 c.  marketing denoting expenditure on advertising by other means than the traditional media, such as the provision of free gifts, special displays, direct mailshots, etc
 d.  bridge denoting points scored towards game and rubber, marked below the horizontal line on the score card
49.  all along the line
 a.  at every stage in a series
 b.  in every detail
50.  informal (Irish), (Austral) do a line to associate (with a person of the opposite sex) regularly; go out (with): he is doing a line with her
51.  draw the line to reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on): her father draws the line at her coming in after midnight
52.  informal get a line on to obtain information about
53.  hold the line
 a.  to keep a telephone line open
 b.  football to prevent the opponents from taking the ball forward
 c.  (of soldiers) to keep formation, as when under fire
54.  in line for in the running for; a candidate for: he's in line for a directorship
55.  in line with conforming to
56.  in the line of duty as a necessary and usually undesired part of the performance of one's responsibilities
57.  lay on the line, put on the line
 a.  to pay money
 b.  to speak frankly and directly
 c.  to risk (one's career, reputation, etc) on something
58.  informal shoot a line to try to create a false image, as by boasting or exaggerating
59.  step out of line to fail to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
60.  toe the line to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
 
vb
61.  (tr) to mark with a line or lines
62.  (tr) to draw or represent with a line or lines
63.  (tr) to be or put as a border to: tulips lined the lawns
64.  to place in or form a row, series, or alignment
 
[C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin līnea, n use of līneus flaxen, from līnum flax; partly from Old English līn, ultimately also from Latin līnum flax]
 
'linable1
 
adj
 
'lineable1
 
adj
 
lined1
 
adj
 
'linelike1
 
adj
 
'liny1
 
adj
 
'liney1
 
adj

line2 (laɪn)
 
vb
1.  to attach an inside covering to (a garment, curtain, etc), as for protection, to hide the seaming, or so that it should hang well
2.  to cover or fit the inside of: to line the walls with books
3.  to fill plentifully: a purse lined with money
4.  to reinforce the back of (a book) with fabric, paper, etc
 
[C14: ultimately from Latin līnum flax, since linings were often made of linen]

pocket (ˈpɒkɪt)
 
n
1.  a small bag or pouch in a garment for carrying small articles, money, etc
2.  any bag or pouch or anything resembling this
3.  a.  a cavity or hollow in the earth, etc, such as one containing gold or other ore
 b.  the ore in such a place
4.  a small enclosed or isolated area: a pocket of resistance
5.  billiards, snooker any of the six holes with pouches or nets let into the corners and sides of a billiard table
6.  a position in a race in which a competitor is hemmed in
7.  Australian rules football a player in one of two side positions at the ends of the ground: back pocket; forward pocket
8.  (South African) a bag or sack of vegetables or fruit
9.  in one's pocket under one's control
10.  in pocket having made a profit, as after a transaction
11.  rugby in the pocket (of a fly half) in an attacking position slightly further back from play than normal, making himself available for a drop goal attempt
12.  out of pocket having made a loss, as after a transaction
13.  line one's pockets to make money, esp by dishonesty when in a position of trust
14.  (modifier) suitable for fitting in a pocket; small: a pocket edition
15.  slang (modifier) poker denoting a pair formed from the two private cards dealt to a player in a game of Texas hold 'em: pocket queens
 
vb , -ets, -eting, -eted
16.  to put into one's pocket
17.  to take surreptitiously or unlawfully; steal
18.  (usually passive) to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket
19.  to receive (an insult, injury, etc) without retaliating
20.  to conceal or keep back (feelings): he pocketed his pride and accepted help
21.  billiards, snooker to drive (a ball) into a pocket
22.  (US) See also pocket veto (esp of the President) to retain (a bill) without acting on it in order to prevent it from becoming law
23.  to hem in (an opponent), as in racing
 
[C15: from Anglo-Norman poket a little bag, from poque bag, from Middle Dutch pokepoke², bag; related to French poche pocket]
 
'pocketable
 
adj
 
'pocketless
 
adj

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line
from O.E. line "rope, row of letters," and from O.Fr. ligne, both from L. linea "linen thread, string, line," from phrase linea restis "linen cord," from fem. of lineus (adj.) "of linen," from linum "linen" (see linen). Oldest sense is "rope, cord, string;" extended 1382 to
"a thread-like mark" (from sense "cord used by builders for making things level," 1340), also "track, course, direction." Sense of "things or people arranged in a straight line" is from 1557. That of "cord bearing hooks used in fishing" is from c.1300. Meaning "one's occupation, branch of business" is from 1638, probably from misunderstood KJV translation of 2 Cor. x.16, "And not to boast in another mans line of things made ready to our hand," where line translates Gk. kanon, lit. "measuring rod." Meaning "class of goods in stock" is from 1834. Meaning "telegraph wire" is from 1847 (later "telephone wire"), hence lineman (1858). Meaning "policy or set of policies of a political faction" is 1892, Amer.Eng., from notion of a procession of followers; this is the sense in party line. In British army, the Line (1802) is the regular, numbered troops, as distinguished from guards and auxiliaries. In the Navy (1704, e.g. ship of the line) it refers to the battle line. Lines "words of an actor's part" is from 1882. Lines of communication were originally transverse trenches in seigeworks.

line
"to cover the inner side of," late 14c., from O.E. lin "linen cloth" (see linen). Linen was frequently used in the Middle Ages as a second layer of material on the inner side of a garment.

pocket
1210, "bag, sack," from Anglo-Fr. pokete (13c.), dim. of O.N.Fr. poque "bag," from Frank. *pokka "bag," from Gmc. *puk- (see poke (n.)). Meaning "small bag worn on the person, especially one sewn into a garment" is from c.1430. Mining sense is attested from 1850; military sense
of "area held by troops surrounded by the enemy" is from 1918. The verb, with implications of dishonesty, is from 1637. Pocket-book (1617) was originally "a book-like case for papers, etc.;" meaning "a woman's purse" is from 1816. Pocket-knife is first recorded 1727; pocket-money is attested from 1632.
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line (līn)
n.

  1. The path traced by a moving point.

  2. A thin continuous mark, as that made by a pen, pencil, or brush applied to a surface.

  3. A crease in the skin, especially on the face; a wrinkle.

  4. In anatomy, a long narrow mark, strip, or streak distinguished from adjacent tissue by color, texture, or elevation.

  5. A real or imaginary mark positioned in relation to fixed points of reference.

  6. A border, boundary, or demarcation.

  7. A contour or an outline.

  8. A mark used to define a shape or represent a contour.

  9. Any of the marks that make up the formal design of a picture.

  10. A cable, rope, string, cord or wire.

  11. A general method, manner, or course of procedure.

  12. A manner or course of procedure determined by a specified factor.

  13. An official or prescribed policy.

  14. Ancestry or lineage.

  15. A series of persons, especially from one family, who succeed each other.

pocket pock·et (pŏk'ĭt)
n.

  1. In anatomy, a cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.

  2. A diseased space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth.

  3. A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.

v. pock·et·ed, pock·et·ing, pock·ets
  1. To enclose within a confined space.

  2. To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned out wall of an abscess which is about to rupture.

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line   (līn)  Pronunciation Key 
A geometric figure formed by a point moving in a fixed direction and in the reverse direction. The intersection of two planes is a line. ◇ The part of a line that lies between two points on the line is called a line segment.
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Cultural Dictionary

line definition


A set of points that have one dimension — length — but no width or height. (See coordinates.)

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line definition


  1. n.
    a story or argument; a story intended to seduce someone. (See also lines.) : Don't feed me that line. Do you think I was born yesterday?
  2. n.
    and rail. a dose of finely cut cocaine arranged in a line, ready for insufflation or snorting. : Let's you and me go do some lines, okay? , The addict usually “snorts” one or two of these “rails” with some sort of a tube.
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line one's pockets

Accept a bribe or other illicit payment, as in The mayor and his cronies found dozens of ways to line their pockets. This expression dates from the mid-1500s, when it was also put as line one's purse.

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