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    on the line

    The ball is tipped
    and there you are
    you're running for your life
    you're a shooting star
    And all the years
    no one knows
    just how hard you worked
    but now it shows...
    (in) ONE SHINING MOMENT, IT'S ALL ON THE LINE
    ONE SHINING MOMENT, THERE FROZEN IN TIME


    What does "it's all on the line" mean in this song?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: on the line

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    The ball is tipped
    and there you are
    you're running for your life
    you're a shooting star
    And all the years
    no one knows
    just how hard you worked
    but now it shows...
    (in) ONE SHINING MOMENT, IT'S ALL ON THE LINE
    ONE SHINING MOMENT, THERE FROZEN IN TIME


    What does "it's all on the line" mean in this song?

    Thanks!

    Jason
    It means that winning (probably a basketball game or a championship) depends on the next play. It also could be metaphor for something else (possibly more important) in life.

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    Re: on the line

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It means that winning (probably a basketball game or a championship) depends on the next play. It also could be metaphor for something else (possibly more important) in life.
    So the lyrics can be paraphrased as "This shining moment depends on the next play". The next play means the next game.

    Am I right?

    Jason

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    Re: on the line

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    The next play means the next game.

    No, it means the next thing that happens in the game you are playing.
    In this case, "(at this moment) it's all on the line", means that what happens next will have a big effect on the outcome of the game.
    As MikeNY says, it's also probably a metaphor for those moments in life when so much depends on what you do next. A moment when something important in your life is "on the line".

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    Re: on the line

    be on the line - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    I think it's a betting reference. You put your money "on the line" at a casino and lose it if you lose the wager.

    The others are right that it is being used to talk about the importance of a play in a game.

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