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Liners?

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Liners?

Postby pdh0224 » Thu Oct 14, 2004 1:58 am

Dear teacher,

Mr. Dangerfield's big break came in 1967 when, at 44 and relatively unknown, he won a spot on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Introducing a stream of lugubrious one-liners with his loser's prologue - "Nothing goes right for me" - he became a favorite guest on shows whose hosts included Steve Allen, Joey Bishop, Joan Rivers, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin.

Q : What does "liners" mean in the sentence? I think it refers to an actor with lines about his loser's prologue. Am I right?


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Postby Alan » Thu Oct 14, 2004 4:06 am

A 'one-liner' is a very short joke or witty comment.
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