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    in a long line

    Hi,

    Herman Cain is the latest in a long line of prominent U.S. politicians to face repeated accusations of sexual harassment.

    What does "in a long line of" mean? Does it mean "there are many politicians"?

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    Re: in a long line

    It means he is just the latest of many such politicians accused.

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    Re: in a long line

    A better sentence might be:
    Herman Cain is just the latest of many prominent U.S. politicians to face repeated accusations of sexual harassment.

    John

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    Thanks a lot,

    What does "long line" mean here?

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    Re: in a long line

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Thanks a lot,

    What does "long line" mean here?
    What do you think it might mean - given that you've been told the meaning, and knowing what you do about literal long lines?

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    Re: in a long line

    Sorry, Ray.

    I don't quite get your meaning.

    I think "long line" literally means a line that is very long.

    But here....

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    Re: in a long line

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Sorry, Ray.

    I don't quite get your meaning.

    I think "long line" literally means a line that is very long.

    But here....
    Good, you're at least working on it.
    Have you heard of time lines? It a way of conceptualising time, but representing it on a line. Let's say that every time a US politican was involved in a scandal, that event was marked on a time line. One event would only make a point, but since this often happens, the points would acumulate in a ... line. And what sort of line would it be, if there were many points on it? ...
    It's a metaphor, just like the carrot stick. How are you generally at understanding metaphors?

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    Re: in a long line

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Good, you're at least working on it.
    Have you heard of time lines? It a way of conceptualising time, but representing it on a line. Let's say that every time a US politican was involved in a scandal, that event was marked on a time line. One event would only make a point, but since this often happens, the points would acumulate in a ... line. And what sort of line would it be, if there were many points on it? ...
    It's a metaphor, just like the carrot stick. How are you generally at understanding metaphors?
    I am always working on it.

    You can see my deduction after my questions every time, I am not waiting for an answer of each thread.

    I don't know "long line" is a metaphor, I thought it was an idiom. But now I understand. Thanks a lot

    Actually, after my question I answered my question.

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    Re: in a long line

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I am always working on it.

    You can see my deduction after my questions every time, I am not waiting for an answer of each thread.

    I don't know "long line" is a metaphor, I thought it was an idiom. But now I understand. Thanks a lot

    Actually, after my question I answered my question.
    It is an idiom - based on a metaphor.

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