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a down-the-line union supporter

Examples of down-the-line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After smacking a one-handed, down-the-line backhand winner that finished with the flourish of a flowing followthrough, giving him a break for a 4-3 edge in the fifth set, Eubanks held his right index finger to his ear, seeking more noise. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2023 The two engaged in a 11-shot rally that seemed to be over after what seemed to be a down-the-line backhand winner from Bublik. Anthony Gharib, USA TODAY, 9 July 2023 After an 11-shot rally ended with a flawless down-the-line backhand, Duxbury sophomore Tim Vargas let his emotions go, well aware of his role in cementing the Dragons as state champions. Greg Levinsky, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of down-the-line was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Down-the-line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/down-the-line. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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