receiving line


Definition of receiving line

: a group of people who stand in a line and individually welcome guests (as at a wedding reception)

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And the receiving line itself has, in the past, taken several painful hours, pushing dinner and the presentations into the wee hours. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "The Curious Plight of the Modern Debutante," 28 Nov. 2017 After exiting the football field, the couple went through a short receiving line that included Bartlett principal Sean Prince and retired Bartlett principal Dan Gallego, and then walked through an arch formed by football players. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The bride wore a blue-and-gold Bartlett shirt and tie-dyed pants. So did the groom.," 13 May 2018 But the manager had to wait his turn as a small receiving line had already formed in the Phillies dugout. Matt Breen,, "Aaron Nola shuts down the Dodgers in 2-1 Phillies win," 31 May 2018 While sitting on the bench Friday night, Kratz got his first look at the dugout receiving line for home runs when Travis Shaw went deep against Noah Syndergaard. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On a day when every player contributed to the offense, Brewers didn't fret early deficit," 26 May 2018 After the ceremony, faculty, administrators and trustees formed a receiving line to congratulate each of the 97 members of The John Cooper School Class of 2018. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "The John Cooper School sends 97 graduating seniors to their futures," 25 May 2018 In the morning hours, Michael Bloomberg, still suited like a statesman and sporting a green-striped tie, stood by Gagosian’s grand booth in what seemed to be a receiving line of people. Ray Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Matters in Hollywood Today," 5 May 2018 On the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend last year, several dozen sleek young women moved along a receiving line of pleasant young men upstairs at P.J. Clarke’s on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "The Curious Plight of the Modern Debutante," 28 Nov. 2017 Head varsity Coach Sherlock, JV coaches Hausler and Betts lead the team through the receiving line. Paul Daugherty,, "St. Xavier, Elder High School baseball players show another side of a sometimes ugly rivalry," 18 Apr. 2018

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of receiving line

US : a group of family members and friends who stand in line at a wedding, funeral, or other formal occasion to welcome or greet guests and receive their good wishes, their sympathy, etc.

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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