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 Dictionary entry overview: What does keep in line mean? 

  The verb KEEP IN LINE has 1 sense:

1. control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

  Familiarity information: KEEP IN LINE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1keep in line [BACK TO TOP]


Control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


keep in line; control; manipulate

Context examples:

She manipulates her boss / She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up / The teacher knew how to keep the class in line / she keeps in line

Hypernyms (to "keep in line" is one way to...):

interact (act together or towards others or with others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "keep in line"):

tease (to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them)

handle (show and train)

ingratiate (gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

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