story line


Definition of story line 

: the plot of a story or drama

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action, plot, story

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

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As fun as the cast is, the secondary characters’ story lines are drawn sketchily. Judy Berman, Time, "Glow Fades But Stays Fun in Its Second Season," 21 June 2018 The main story lines out of Tuesday’s four-state primary night were about the Democrats. David Weigel, Washington Post, "John Fetterman, Pittsburgh’s socialists, Trump-district Democrats: Some winners from this week’s elections," 17 May 2018 In a saga with so many strands, some story lines inevitably are more gripping than others. Michael Upchurch,, "Richard Powers sees the forest and the trees," 6 Apr. 2018 Here are five story lines for the national semifinal games. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Keys to the Final Four: Five things to watch in Loyola-Michigan and Kansas-Villanova," 31 Mar. 2018 On Thursday morning, the Washington Wizards announced the signing of center Dwight Howard and with this act, their roster and locker room have officially become one of the most intriguing story lines of the 2018-19 NBA season. Candace Buckner, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Rocket Dwight Howard officially signs with Wizards," 13 July 2018 Desert Hearts is widely considered the first film with a lesbian story line where the women end up together. Jill Gutowitz, Teen Vogue, "The 25 Best LGBTQ Movies to Watch," 28 June 2018 Before the flames were extinguished, the tragedy ignited a political crisis in Britain, with a story line emerging about extreme inequality. William Booth And Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Britain’s Grenfell Tower inquiry looks at how a high-rise became ‘a highly combustible death trap’," 9 June 2018 There’s affecting drama in the story lines, but director Evan Ensign doesn’t have his cast take a beat to allow important emotional moments (or plot exposition) settle with the audience. Matthew J. Palm,, "Touring production dampens — but can’t quench — the spirit of ‘Rent’," 6 June 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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