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verb

To get in line.

noun

A file of persons waiting in order of their arrival, as for admittance.

Note: The word queue appears more frequently in Great Britain than in America.

An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.

—George Mikes How To Be An Alien (1946)

Private Lives was described variously as “tenuous, thin, brittle, gossamer, iridescent and delightfully daring,” all of which connoted to the public mind cocktails, evening dress, repartee and irreverent allusions to copulation, thereby causing a gratifying number of respectable people to queue up at the box office.

—“'Private Lives' director enjoys play's challenges” Play Review of Maury Covington’s adaptation of Private Lives by Noel Coward (2003) Jacksonville.com, September 10, 2003

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