short line


Definition of short line

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

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Conversely, those drawn to the Astro Orbiter’s short line tend to think the wait time on the sign is wrong. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Disneyland ride capacity: How long will you have to wait in line?," 16 Aug. 2019 In college, Williams attempted just 103 3-pointers over three years, making 29.1 percent of them from the shorter line. Adam Himmelsbach,, "13 thoughts about the Celtics’ summer league run," 15 July 2019 European styles, with more than 30 taps, from pilsners to wheats to farmhouses, will also be plentiful, probably with shorter lines., "7 beers we can’t wait to try at the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival," 19 July 2019 On shorter lines, the open-access approach is harder to pull off. The Economist, "How rising rail fares and falling punctuality undermine confidence," 15 Aug. 2019 The anticipation for the new Star Wars land would exceed actual attendance, as Disneyland’s major rides have seen shorter lines this summer. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Star Wars Rise of the Resistance to open first at Disney World, then Disneyland in 2020," 11 July 2019 The same omnibus tax measure, House Bill 2164, extended other tax breaks such as a $50 to $100 credit for political contributions, and created a new tax cut for short line railroads., "Oregon lawmakers wrap up buzzer-beating 2019 session," 30 June 2019 Public safety shouldn’t be a trade off for shorter lines. Shirley Leung,, "Shorter lines at the RMV shouldn’t come at the expense of safety," 2 July 2019 During passing drills, Harbaugh would look at the line of prospects working at receiver and then compare that to the always much shorter line of players working at cornerback. Nicholas Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: Freshman Chris Hinton a natural defensive tackle," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of short line

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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