short line


Definition of short line

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

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Newsletter Sign-up If your airport has multiple checkpoints, ask airline ticket-counter agents or airport customer service reps if one has a shorter line than another. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What to Know About Airport Security During the Government Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2019 Some homes planned for demolition Juleen Jones and her mother live in a pale blue house with a small square of green lawn and short line of pink flowers in front on LeSueur Street. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "As Mesa temple begins redevelopment, renters in Mormon church-owned homes asked to leave," 11 May 2018 Travelers willing to pay extra for shorter lines have a few options. Alison Sider, WSJ, "The Struggle to Make Airport Lines a Little Less Awful," 14 Nov. 2018 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,, "Happy birthday to me: 3½ hours at the RMV waiting to renew my license," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of short line

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2019

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