story line


Definition of story line

: the plot of a story or drama

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Synonyms for story line


action, plot, story

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Examples of story line in a Sentence

the story line is clumsily interrupted several times to provide some much-needed background information

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His removal from the final two episodes will likely have writers scrambling to come up with new story lines. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Fox Cuts Jussie Smollett From Final Episodes of ‘Empire’ Season," 22 Feb. 2019 Some Republicans are also worn out by these story lines, but GOP voters are more likely than Democrats to find these topics exciting to hear about, the survey showed. Annie Linskey,, "Democrats worry their voters are more exhausted than outraged by Trump," 12 July 2018 The story lines weave and reveal themselves just as people do. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "In honor of the Oscars, we asked Seattle chefs to name their picks for all-time Best Food Film," 20 Feb. 2019 Where Disney scored with its animated musical was in—pardon the pun—reanimating that classic story line in a way that was appealing to our eyes and ears, and that of our kids’, while maintaining some real danger in the narrative. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Players often craft story lines that fans flesh out with their commentary and chatter. Rick Maese,, "NBA Twitter: A sports bar that doesn't close, where the stars pull up a seat next to you," 31 May 2018 USA TODAY Sports' Mike Hembree breaks down all the hottest story lines heading into the race. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "NASCAR Daytona 500 2018: Key information for 'The Great American Race'," 18 Feb. 2018 Specifically in season two, the story line was supposed to be that Micheal went from being an immortal demon to a person who not only identified with humans, but adopted human morality as a concept. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 There are other story lines and other characters to follow. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "‘The Rookie’: An Under-the-Radar Success for ABC’s Go-To Guy," 29 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of story line

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of story line was in 1941

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English Language Learners Definition of story line

: the series of events that happen in a story

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