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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv stressed th ee lahyn]
    • /əˈbʌv stressed ði laɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv stressed th ee lahyn]
    • /əˈbʌv stressed ði laɪn/

Definitions of above-the-line word

  • adjective above-the-line denoting entries printed above the horizontal line on a company's profit-and-loss account separating the entries that show how the profit (or loss) was made from the entries showing how the profit is to be distributed 3
  • adjective above-the-line (of an advertising campaign) employing an advertising agency to use the press, television, radio, cinema, and posters 3
  • adjective above-the-line (in national accounts) denoting transactions concerned with revenue shown above a horizontal line that separates them from capital transactions 3
  • noun above-the-line denoting entries above a horizontal line on a profit and loss account, separating those that establish the profit or loss from those that show how the profit is distributed 3
  • noun above-the-line denoting revenue transactions rather than capital transactions in a nation's accounts 3
  • noun above-the-line expenditure on media advertising through an agency, rather than internally arranged advertising, such as direct mail, free samples, etc 3

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Origin of above-the-line

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English li(g)ne cord, rope, stroke, series, guiding rule, partly < Old French ligne ≪ Latin līnea, noun use of feminine of līneus flaxen (orig. applied to string), equivalent to līn(um) flax (see line2) + -eus -eous, partly continuing Old English līne string, row, series < Latin, as above

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above-the-line popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 1% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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