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main line

1. Railways
a. the trunk route between two points, usually fed by branch lines
b. (as modifier): a main-line station
2. US a main road

Main Line


(Russian, magistral’; from Latin magistralis, “leading”).

(1) The main route, the primary line in communications (railroad main line, waterway main line).

(2) A wide and heavily traveled street in a large city.

(3) The main cable or wire in an electrical circuit or in tele-graph and telephone communications.

(4) The main pipe in a sewerage line or water system.

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The mainliners are doing a better job of hanging on to their kids," he said.
Mainliners pride themselves on sticking with issues over the long haul--like racial equality, economic justice, hunger, peace, and the environment--and pursuing these issues quietly rather than staging events merely to make news.
What the future will bring for moderates and mainliners is problematic.
Graham exhibited the same openness toward over-scrubbed mainliners on his theological left, under-scrubbed pentecostals on his theological right, and many folk who did not fit on any conventional theological map, including the Orthodox.
McBride had already announced plans for a countrywide tour with his original Mainliners Showband in the New Year.
Many of the home-based singers are also doing very well while the past three nights have seen soldout shows in the Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney for the new Four Country Roads play, written by John McArdle, and based on the relationship between the songs of Big Tom and the Mainliners and the Irish emigrant community overseas.
The proportion of all teenagers who identify themselves as mainliners has fallen each decade -- from 22% in 1984, to 11% in 1992 and settling in at 8% according to the latest research.
In the earlier study, 58 percent of the mainliners and 53 percent of the evangelicals did.
I had journeyed to the northlands for the premiere of Four Country Roads, the new play by Castleblayney man John McArdle based on the songs of Big Tom and the Mainliners and their special link with the Irish emigrant community in the UK.
All the major bands of that era such as Big Tom and the Mainliners, Roly Daniels, Brian Coll, Brendan Shine, Larry Cunningham, Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions, Brendan Quinn, DJ Cortin and the Kerry Blues, Brush Shiels, The Memories and others all entertained the dancers in the Ranch House.
THE world premiere of FOUR COUNTRY ROADS, a new play based on the huge impact Big Tom and the Mainliners had on a whole generation of Irish people, and especially on the Irish emigrant community in the UK, takes place in the Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney tonight.
Here you'll find Big Tom and the Mainliners with Lonesome At Your Table, the famous Clipper Carlton from Strabane with Can a Bluebird Fly, Brian Coll singing his lonesome Cattle Call and also Walk On By, and Roly Daniels with the title song, Old Ireland Is Goin' All Western.