mainline Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “mainline” in the English Dictionary

"mainline" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈmeɪn.laɪn/

mainline adjective (COMMON)

usually US involvingbeliefs, ​methods, etc. that are most ​common: mainline ​churches the ​rivalry between ​catalogcompanies and mainline ​stores

mainline adjective (RAILWAY)

UK relating to an ​importantrailwayroute between ​largetowns or ​cities: Three mainline ​railwaystations were ​closed because of ​bombthreats.

mainlineverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪn.laɪn/ slang
to inject (= put into the ​body through a ​needle)drugsdirectly into the ​blood: Several of her ​friends were mainlining ​heroin. By now she was mainlining.
(Definition of mainline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mainline”
in Chinese (Simplified) 普通的, 主流的(信念、方法等)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 普遍的, (信念、方法等)主流的…
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