receiving line

noun
a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc.

Origin:
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.
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