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He readjusted the slide rule and slid the hairline over a bit.

The hairline above his ear was a simpler curve than she recalled.

He inspected the base of the hook closely and there seemed to be a fine, hairline fracture appearing around it.

There was a lot of grey in his short hair, and his hairline was a lot higher up his forehead.

In the sunlight it gleamed like polished silver, but they could see a hairline break in the metal encircling the center portion.

They saw how clean-cut was the hairline at the back of his head and over his ears––sure sign that he was “citified.”

You said it exactly—that resembles—the face resembles him more than the hairline—it's sort of a "V" hairline.

But that hairline is a thing—that's the thing that hit me first when I saw his picture on television.

He certainly don't have the hairline I was describing—it isn't the hairline I was describing.

I thought about it and the thing that stuck in my mind was always that hairline—the kind of balding right here—the smooth line.

WORD ORIGIN

"cord made of hair," 1731, from hair + line. Meaning "a very fine line" is from 1846. As "the outline of the hair on top of the head," by 1903. As an adjective, of cracks, etc., by 1923.

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