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Re: The line forms on the right

Posted by Baceseras on February 10, 2008 at 17:27:

In Reply to: Re: The line forms on the right posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 10, 2008 at 17:26:

: : What's the meaning and origin of "The line forms on the right"?

: It's a military drill instruction. It means that the front-rank man on the right of the squad is the marker for everybody else; he stands still, while the rest of the squad forms up in relation to him. It's generally normal for a military formation to form on the right; but any well-trained squad can, when so ordered, form on the left or the centre. (VSD)

In situations where there is no actual line-forming, it's sometimes spoken to a complainer or impatient person --- then the meaning is simply that one's complaint is not unique, and one must wait a while for relief.