get/have a line on

idiom

US, informal
: to get or have information about (someone or something that one is trying to find)
Have the police managed to get a line on any of the suspects?
She says she has a line on a new car.

Examples of get/have a line on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the party gained more than 1% of the vote in 2018, it is entitled to have a line on the ballot for the 2022 election. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 7 Sep. 2022 In 1935, commercial representatives of Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy were prowling New York and Toronto desperate to get a line on impossible-to-obtain Canadian nickel. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022

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“Get/have a line on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%2Fhave%20a%20line%20on. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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