short line

noun

Definition of short line 

: a transportation system (such as a railroad) operating over a relatively short distance

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According to Field, shoppers are experiencing shorter lines and smaller crowds on Black Friday because retailers have expanded their hours, not because of a drop in enthusiasm. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Black Friday is longer, and tamer, than ever," 20 Nov. 2018 Given its location down the street from Franklin Barbecue, Micklethwait originally drew people seeking shorter lines. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best BBQ in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 Field offices open on Saturdays may have shorter lines. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "DMV visit times can top five hours. Here are ways to avoid the worst hassles," 17 June 2018 The idea was to use the opening of the Ordsall Chord, a short line linking up stations in Manchester, and a new Thameslink tunnel under London to increase the number of services in operation. The Economist, "British railways are reduced to chaos by a botched timetable change," 7 June 2018 Still others spent the day going from branch to branch, in search of a shorter line. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Happy birthday to me: 3½ hours at the RMV waiting to renew my license," 6 June 2018 As the morning eases into the afternoon, the rainy weather could lead to short lines throughout the rest of the voting day. Alaa Elassar, ajc, "Rainy weather, early voting impacting election turnout in DeKalb," 22 May 2018 Scott Holmes is opening another Little Miss, and the Sunnyslope branch is designed to feature shorter lines, plenty of parking and a lot more seating. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Most anticipated restaurant openings in 2018 in Phoenix: Roman pizza to Korean BBQ to Nashville hot chicken," 9 May 2018 More places to buy means shorter lines, and more people encouraged to buy stuff. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Hosmer’s greatest contribution, trading Marcus Peters (?), 10 key KC athletes, and Bob Huggins," 20 Feb. 2018

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circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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