along the lines of


1. similar to or in keeping with something else






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the new system will operate along the same lines as the old one

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If something is said to be 'along the lines of' something else, it is considered to be similar to it or made to resemble it. It can be something that sounds, looks feels, or tastes similar. You can use this in any context, and to talk about anything, and it can be used in social or professional contexts.

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  1. For the dinner party tonight I'm thinking of cooking a pasta dish or something along those lines.
  2. Can you recommend another book along the lines of this one?

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  1. I can't remember exactly what the order my manager gave me was, but it was something along the lines of 'call Head Office and ask them to email the figures.'
  2. For our customer service, I want something along the lines of what our competitor has in place. It seems to be highly effective.
  3. The new system will operate along the same lines as the old one, but with more up-to-date software. 

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