mainline


mainline
[[t]me͟ɪnlaɪn[/t]]
mainlines, mainlining, mainlined
1) ADJ: ADJ n A mainline railway is a major railway between two important places.

...the first mainline railway to be built in Britain for almost a hundred years...

All of London's mainline stations were shut down after the explosion.

2) ADJ: ADJ n You can use mainline to describe people, ideas, and activities that belong to the most central, conventional, and normal part of a tradition, institution, or business.

We observe a striking shift away from a labor theory among all mainline economists...

Mainline feminism was arguing for the inherent beauty of the natural woman.

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3) VERB: usu cont If people mainline a drug or if they mainline, they inject an illegal drug into themselves. [INFORMAL]

[V n] We see him snorting and mainlining cocaine. [Also V]

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  • Mainline — Church ist in den Vereinigten Staaten eine Bezeichnung für protestantische Kirchen mit moderater Theologie, die offen sind für neue Ideen und gesellschaftliche Veränderungen, ohne ihre historische Basis und Tradition des christlichen Glaubens… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mainline — Mainline, Main line, or Main Line may refer to: Contents 1 Railways 2 Other transport 3 Geography 4 Religion 5 …   Wikipedia

  • mainline — main line (m[=a]n l[imac]n ) v. t. 1. to inject (illegal drugs) into the vein; as, he preferred to mainline heroin rather than sniff coke. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mainline — (v.) also main line, 1934, from MAIN LINE (Cf. main line) in Amer.Eng. slang sense principal vein into which drugs can be injected (1933) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mainline — ☆ mainline [mān′līn΄] n. the principal road, course, etc. adj. having a principal, prominent, or moderate position or status vt. mainlined, mainlining Slang to inject (a narcotic drug) directly into a large vein mainliner n …   English World dictionary

  • mainline — I UK [ˈmeɪnˌlaɪn] / US adjective 1) on a main line a mainline station 2) mainly American relating to the most common way of doing things or thinking about things the mainline Protestant churches II UK [ˈmeɪnˌlaɪn] / US verb… …   English dictionary

  • mainline — main|line1 [ meın,laın ] adjective 1. ) relating to the most common way of doing things or thinking about things: the mainline Protestant churches 2. ) on a main line: a mainline station mainline main|line 2 [ meın,laın ] verb intransitive or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mainline — /mayn luyn , luyn /, v., mainlined, mainlining, adj. v.i. Slang. 1. to inject a narcotic, esp. heroin, directly into a vein. 2. to use or enjoy something without restriction: to mainline on TV movies. v.t. Slang. 3. to inject (a narcotic, esp.… …   Universalium

  • mainline — main|line1 [ˈmeınlaın] adj [only before noun] accepted by or involving most people in a society = ↑mainstream ▪ They explicitly denied that they are involved in mainline politics. mainline 2 mainline2 v [I and T] informal to ↑inject an illegal… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mainline — I. Date: 1938 transitive verb slang to take by or as if by injecting into a principal vein intransitive verb slang to mainline a narcotic drug II. adjective Date: 1941 being part of an established group; also being in the mainstream …   New Collegiate Dictionary