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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 of receiving line
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism
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  • I saw you talking to him; but you ought to have come earlier while there was a receiving-line ready for you.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson

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