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receiving line

noun
1.
a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism
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  • His car entered the building through a freight driveway and pulled up by a receiving line of network executives.
  • He was killed while shaking the hands of members of the public in a receiving line.
  • All the good stuff happens after the receiving line, when people finally let their hair down.
  • Although she did not stand beside him on the receiving line, she arrived with him and left with him.
  • The only indoor part was a receiving line meeting the families of the deceased.
  • They came to stand in the impromptu receiving line and shake his hand, to make themselves seen and to ask for money.

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