From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishline up phrasal verb1ARRANGE A GROUP OF THINGS OR PEOPLEif people line up, or if you line them up, they stand in a row or line, or you make them do this 🔊 Line up, everybody!line somebody ↔ up 🔊 He lined us all up in the corridor.2line something ↔ up to arrange things in a row 🔊 I lined the bottles up on the sideboard.3line something ↔ up to move one thing so that it is in the correctposition in relation to something elseline something ↔ up with 🔊 The windows should be lined up with the door frame.4ARRANGE A MEETING, EVENT ETC line somebody/something ↔ up to arrange for something to happen or for someone to be available for an event 🔊 We’ve lined up some excellent speakers for tonight. 🔊 He’s already got a new job lined up. →line-up →line→ See Verb table
line-upˈline-up noun [countable usually singular] 🔊 🔊 1DSthe players in a sportsteam who play in a particular game 🔊 This was his first match in the starting line-up (=the players who begin the game).2GROUP OF PEOPLEa group of people, especially performers, who have agreed to be involved in an event 🔊 The line-up included top bands Prodigy and Radiohead.3ARRANGE A MEETING, EVENT ETCa number of events or programmes arranged to follow each other 🔊 a wonderful line-up of programmes for Christmas and the New Year4especially American EnglishSC a row of people who stand in front of a witness to a crime, who is then asked if he or she recognizes any of them as the criminal syn identification parade British English
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line-up• This was an unfamiliarForestline-up.• CBS has a great Wednesday night line-up.• Andy hadn't a care in the world as he joked with a star-packed line-up of players.• Second placed Sutton also name their most powerfulline-up at home to Wavertree, for whom skipper Ian Morley returns.• It's all part of an incredible £40,000 prizeline-up.• In the evening, the names of those who had been picked from the line-up were read out over the camptannoy.• Cordell may not be in the line-up for tonight's game.• I stuck it till my teeth began to scream and then I ducked out of the line-up and no one noticed I'd gone.• The line-up of performers includes Cher and Garth Brooks.• Just look at this winningline-up!starting line-up• In the event the starting line-up went down to the wire.• Bjornbye was immediately drafted into the party and could make a surpriseappearance in the starting line-up at left back.• And he found himself in the starting line-up when topscorer Chris Kiwomya went down with flu.• Was this his first match in the starting line-up?• Andy Payton was in the starting line-up with Stuart Ripley on the substitutes' bench.• And a hamstringinjury has put skipper Ellery Hanley out of the starting line-up against Rovers.