What is the meaning of the phrase “on the line”?

If someone says that they have something “on the line” or that “there is a lot on the line here”, what exactly does that mean? Well, it means that there is something that can be lost if things don’t go well, basically that something is “at stake”.

Synonyms for “on the line”?

Some synonyms of “on the line” include “at stake”, “something to lose”, and “risky”.




Example of “on the line” in a sentence

Here’s an example of how the term “on the line” can be used in a sentence:

"When Bob put all his savings into Microsoft stock, he had 
a lot on the line."

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