line up

[line up] {v. phr.} 1. To take places in a line or formation; standside by side or one behind another; form a line or pattern.

Theboys lined up and took turns diving off the springboard.

Thefootball team lined up in a "T" formation.

2. To put in line.

Johnlined up the pool balls.

3. To adjust correctly.

The garage manlined up the car's wheels.

4a. {informal} To make ready for action;complete a plan or agreement for; arrange.

Henry's friends lined upso many votes for him that he won the election.

Roger lined up asummer job before school was out.

The superintendent lined up allthe new teachers he needed before he went on vacation.

4b. {informal}To become ready for action; come together in preparation or agreement.

The football schedule is lining up well; the coach has arranged allgames except one.

Larry wanted to go to the seashore for thefamily vacation, but the rest of the family lined up against him.

Compare: GANG UP, SHAPE UP, TAKE SIDES.