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    Hi, I'm reading "It"by S. King; two boys are looking at a photo album;

    "There is no school picture of George in here". Richie said. He looked at Bill with a mixture of relief and exasperation. "What kind of line are you handing me, Big Bill?"
    "What?"
    "This picture (..) is the last one in the book. (..)"



    I'don't understand the meaning of the question: What kind of line are you handing me?

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    Re: hand a line

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi, I'm reading "It"by S. King; two boys are looking at a photo album;

    "There is no school picture of George in here". Richie said. He looked at Bill with a mixture of relief and exasperation. "What kind of line are you handing me, Big Bill?"
    "What?"
    "This picture (..) is the last one in the book. (..)"



    I'don't understand the meaning of the question: What kind of line are you handing me?

    Thank
    Rip
    The "official" meaning is to flatter/coax/offer insincere praise but also "unofficially", used to question something true or untrue. In your example, without complete context, I would think that Richie might or might not be joking with Bill.

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    Re: hand a line

    To speak according to the official "company line" or "party line" (politics) is to say what you are supposed to say about a situation.

    A "line" may also be used in sales, to tout the benefits of what you are selling.

    This may or may not be the whole truth.

    So questioning what kind of line one is being given is to question the truth of a statement.

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    Re: hand a line

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    To speak according to the official "company line" or "party line" (politics) is to say what you are supposed to say about a situation.

    A "line" may also be used in sales, to tout the benefits of what you are selling.

    This may or may not be the whole truth.

    So questioning what kind of line one is being given is to question the truth of a statement.
    Can the question sound like : Are you telling me a lie or the truth?

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    Re: hand a line

    Yes, but this is among friends, it seems, so the tone is light-hearted.

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