On the line

When something is "on the line" it is at risk



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Today you heard that India’s poll workers take their job so seriously because they believe their country’s national prestige is on the line. When something is “on the line,” it is at risk; it can be lost. If the elections go badly, India will lose its prestige. For that reason, its prestige is “on the line.” When you ask someone to trust you, you put your reputation on the line. When you make a bet for money, you have some money on the line.

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