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shuffle along the line (here)

English translation: slowly moving up the queue

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English term or phrase:shuffle along the line
English translation:slowly moving up the queue
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07:40 Aug 23, 2014
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English term or phrase: shuffle along the line (here)
In
Feels like we've all shuffled along the line

Context:
Says a middle aged son to his brother after their mother died very old after a long illness.

What does it mean? Something like: we've grown older ?
Rita Utt
France
Local time: 12:54
slowly moving up the queue to be the next to die
Explanation:
Yes, I believe you're right: shuffling along the line as people do when queuing for something, in this case, queuing up to die. So as one person dies, you find yourself one place closer to its being your turn.

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Note added at 1 heure (2014-08-23 08:42:33 GMT)
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The queue is, of course, in terms of the generations — once the parents have gone, you are (generally) the next in line to die.
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Tony M
France
Local time: 12:54
Grading comment
Perfect. Thank you very much.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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3 +8slowly moving up the queue to be the next to die
Tony M


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36 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +8
shuffle along the line
slowly moving up the queue to be the next to die


Explanation:
Yes, I believe you're right: shuffling along the line as people do when queuing for something, in this case, queuing up to die. So as one person dies, you find yourself one place closer to its being your turn.

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Note added at 1 heure (2014-08-23 08:42:33 GMT)
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The queue is, of course, in terms of the generations — once the parents have gone, you are (generally) the next in line to die.

Tony M
France
Local time: 12:54
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PRO pts in category: 44
Grading comment
Perfect. Thank you very much.

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agree  Jack Doughty
11 mins
  -> Thanks, Jack! All creeping inexorably towards that great Checkout in the sky... and there's no Green Shiled Stamps!

agree  Piyush Ojha
23 mins
  -> Thanks, Piyush!

agree  B D Finch
41 mins
  -> Thanks, B! :-)

agree  David Moore: You remember Green Shield stamps???!!!
2 hrs
  -> Thanks, David! Oh yes, do I heckerslike... and from the first time round, too ;-)

agree  Gallagy
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agree  EdithK
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  -> Thanks, Edith!

agree  Catherine Fitzsimons
1 day 2 hrs
  -> Thanks, Catherine!

agree  Thayenga: One of these days.... but not yet. Happy Sunday, Tony. ;)
1 day 5 hrs
  -> Thanks, Thayenga! And the same to you, dear! :-)
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