Also, on in years. Elderly, old. For example, Grandma’s along in years now and doesn’t hear too well, or Our dog is not as frisky now that he’s getting on in years. This idiom transfers the length of along (and the “onward” of on) to the passage of time. [ Late 1800s ]
in the fore-and-aft line of a vessel.
, by, at, or to the of something: We brought the boat alongside. beside; by the of: The dog ran alongside me all the way. Informal. alongside of, compared with: Alongside of his brother, he is no student at all. Contemporary Examples And Jimmy Fallon covered the song twice—once as Neil Young and once alongside […]
by or the or coast. Historical Examples Gadabout sidled to starboard, and grapnels were thrown up into the trees to hold her alongshore. Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins A word used rather contemptuously for alongshore; land usage. The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth And when it was over, and they […]
- Along the lines of
Also, on the lines of. Roughly similar or in keeping with. For example, We told the architect we want a design along the lines of his own house but smaller, or Jane asked the caterer for a menu on the lines of the Morgans’ wedding reception. This idiom uses line in the sense of “a […]