put (something/someone) on the line

Meaning(s)

1. do something that comes with a high degree of personal risk

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he/she put his/her life on the line to save somebody

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To put something on the line means to put something at risk. If you put something on the line means to behave in a way which means you may lose something such as reputation, money or a job. You can also use the expression to lay something on the line.

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  1. The firefighter put his life on the line when he ran into the burning building to rescue the trapped child.
  2. I don't enjoy gambling. I think people who lay so much money on the line for fun are stupid.

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  1. I'm putting my job on the line by covering up your mistake! Next time you must be more careful.
  2. I'll introduce you to the CEO, but you have to remember my reputation is on the line if you make a fool of yourself.

2. connect somebody or get somebody to speak on a phone

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put your manager on the line, I wish to make a complaint

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If you were on the phone you can say you are going to put somebody on the line, meaning you are going to add someone else to the call or put somebody on the phone.

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  1. Can you put James on the line? I'd just like to say 'hi.'
  2. Could you put Marie on the line? I'd like to thank her for her thoughtful birthday present.

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  1. Please put your manager on the line. I wish to make a complaint.
  2. I happen to have an expert on the line here who will probably be able to answer your question.

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