Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
put (sth/sb) on the line
put something on the lineput somebody on the line
1) do something that comes with a high degree of personal risk
How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
he/she put his/her life on the line to save somebody
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.
Social Examples (Basic)
The firefighter put his life on the line when he ran into the burning building to rescue the trapped child.
I don't enjoy gambling. I think people who lay so much money on the line for fun are stupid.
Professional Examples (Basic)
I'm putting my job on the line by covering up your mistake! Next time you must be more careful.
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.
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