in line(2)

[in line(2)] {adj. phr.} 1. In a position in a series or aftersomeone else.

John is in line for the presidency of the club nextyear.

Mary is fourth in line to be admitted to the sorority.

2.Obeying or agreeing with what is right or usual; doing or being whatpeople expect or accept; within ordinary or proper limits.

Thecoach kept the excited team in line.

When the teacher came backinto the room, she quickly brought the class back in line.

Thegovernment passed a new law to keep prices in line.

Compare: IN HAND.Contrast: OUT OF LINE.