Along/on the lines
Posted by R. Berg on December 06, 2001
In Reply to: Along the lines posted by R. Dixon on December 05, 2001
: Origin of phrase "Along the lines of....".
Probably from the meaning of "line" defined as sense #15b in the Oxford Engl. Dict.:
"fig. Plan of construction, of action, or procedure:
now chiefly in phr. 'on (such and such) lines.'"
"In all very uncultivated countries . . . there are but obscure lines of any form of government" .
"He had reorganized the constitution on the most strictly conservative lines" .
"No later work of Victor Hugo, written on the same lines or in the same temper, can reasonably be [etc.]" .