along the line

along the line
at a stage during a process
all along/down/the line (=at every stage):

Our supporters have been magnificent all along the line.

somewhere along/down/the line (=at some stage):

Somewhere along the line vital information has been withheld.

further along/down/the line (=at a later stage):

The judge said compensation would be considered further down the line.

Thesaurus: during a particular period of timesynonym
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along (or down) the line
at a further, later, or unspecified point

I knew that somewhere down the line there would be an inquest

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along the line
informal : during a process or series of events

He seems to have lost his interest in music somewhere along the line. [=at some time in the past]

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along/down the ˈline idiom
(informal) at some point during an activity or a process

Somewhere along the line a large amount of money went missing.

We'll make a decision on that further down the line.

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