story line


Definition of story line

: the plot of a story or drama

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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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From there, as the majority of the reviews (rather mixed) have pointed out, the story line gets a little murky. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Suspira’s Costume Designer on Making Dresses Out of Hair and Redefining ’70s Style as Something Chicly Horrifying," 23 Oct. 2018 And now, with both teams having stayed on script by advancing to the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, this story line comes full circle. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Draymond Green has been waiting all year for postseason clash with Rockets," 9 May 2018 Interspersed within this story line are chapters from Eliza’s forthcoming novel called The Dots. Maureen Corrigan,, "'The Elizas' by Sara Shepard: No 'Pretty Little Liars,' in fact not much at all," 2 May 2018 Dan Bickley Diamondbacks story line: The Diamondbacks have beefed up their bullpen, possess a talented starting rotation and rebounded well from the loss of J.D. Martinez. azcentral, "Called shots: The Diamondbacks' fate and World Series predictions," 26 Mar. 2018 But as Thursday night unfolds, where Porter goes will be a big story line, and will have a domino effect on other prospects and teams. Tim Bontemps,, "Trades within the lottery could jolt an already intriguing NBA draft this week," 18 June 2018 The Seahawks’ first trip to London also carries with it some fun story lines, notably Marshawn Lynch playing a regular-season game against his former teammates for the first time — what’s left of them, anyway. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "A game-by-game breakdown of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2018 schedule," 3 Sep. 2018 With four games coming up, here’s a look at four longer-term story lines in play: Is the gap really closing? Brian Straus,, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018 Continuing her recent foray into narrative, Seiwert based her visceral account on Lien’s reimagined story line, an empowerment myth that has Elpis claiming her freedom. Claudia Bauer,, "SF choreographer Amy Seiwert’s risky Sketch lab pays off," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of story line

1941, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2019

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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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a complex dispute or argument

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