story line

noun

Definition of story line 

: the plot of a story or drama

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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USA TODAY Sports' Mike Hembree discusses the top story lines at the midway point of the NASCAR season. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR Cup Series playoff hopefuls look to break through at Kentucky Speedway," 12 July 2018 Music The story line for Cobra Kai sees Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) still seeking redemption after his loss at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Chris Morris, Fortune, "'The Karate Kid': 33 Years of Pop Culture Domination Culminates in 'Cobra Kai,' a YouTube Sequel," 2 May 2018 The induction healed a 15-year split between the two, which began in 1988 when Sammartino walked out over fellow wrestlers' use of steroids and WWE's outrageously over-the-top story lines. Alex Johnson /, NBC News, "Bruno Sammartino, wrestling's original good-guy hero, dies at 82," 19 Apr. 2018 To be truly great, though, the story line is the most impactful thing. Gene Guillot, NOLA.com, "Best New Orleans wrestling matches: Daniel Bryan (2014) and fans deliver magic," 31 Mar. 2018 The cable channel has started teasing viewers about a new comedy, without sharing its name, its stars, or its story line. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Showtime hypes ‘the most dangerous show in the history’ of TV," 4 July 2018 My theory is that Dolores will hook up with Bernard, Ake, the Man in Black, Maeve, and Delos, (read: all the major players this season) and that their story lines will finally overlap at the Valley Beyond. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 9: A New Theory on The Door and Why Bernard Ditched His Scar," 18 June 2018 Its story line goes like this: Bridget (Franny Kromminga) is a bookish young woman who's headed to law school in the fall but living with her grandmother for the summer. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 'Nana's Naughty Knickers' fits Meadow Brook just right," 24 Jan. 2018 Another story line tracks public health and cleanliness, from the spectacular public baths to the grim conditions of lower-class housing in the 20th century’s interwar years. Greg Woolf, WSJ, "‘Rome: A History in Seven Sackings’ Review: The City That Survived," 29 June 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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story line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of story line

: the series of events that happen in a story

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