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    on the line

    1. The doctor told him to quit smoking. If he continues smoking his health will be on the line/Though he can continue smoking with his health on the line.

    2. Both presidental candidates are plugging away trying to pull in voters with the power on the line.

    I was wondering if 'on the line' fixes the context and my sentences are correct.

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    Re: on the line

    The first is fine, but 'with the power on the line' doesn't work for me.

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    Re: on the line

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The first is fine, but 'with the power on the line' doesn't work for me.
    If the Lightning lose to Florida on Friday, the (Atlanta) Thrashers will win the division if they beat the Hurricanes. However, if Atlanta fails to clinch Friday, it will close the regular season at home against Tampa Bay on Saturday with the division title on the line.

    I found the above example in which, I think, the division title being on the line suggests that it could be lost. So, I thought that 'the power' similarly can also be lost (knowing politicans usually run for president to gain power).

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    Re: on the line

    You could use it with the word 'election'.

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