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The sentence below is from a review of the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
(Dolores Umbridge)Her smile is as tight as her perm; and those little blue Miss Tiggy-Winkle eyes, twinkling as she comes out with yet another line in refined sadism, is enough to make any fourteen-year-old sign up for the revolution.
What does "line" mean in this sentence? There are too many definitions out there. Is it "a remark"?
btw, "sign up" here means children buy the tickets, and go to see this movie, right?
Thank you.
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Hi,

The sentence below is from a review of the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.



(Dolores Umbridge)Her smile is as tight as her perm; and those little blue Miss Tiggy-Winkle eyes, twinkling as she comes out with yet another line in refined sadism, is enough to make any fourteen-year-old sign up for the revolution.

What does "line" mean in this sentence? There are too many definitions out there. Is it "a remark"?

A 'line' is short for 'a product line'. eg The ABC company produces a line of long-sleeved sweaters.

In your quote, the term 'line' suggests that the woman produces a lot of refined sadism.

btw, "sign up" here means children buy the tickets, and go to see this movie, right? No. It refers to 'revolution.

'Sign up for a class' means 'join a class'. 'Sign up for the revolution' means 'join the revolution (and overthrow this woman)'.

Best wishes, Clive
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I see. Fourteen-year-old here indicates Harry and his chums, not the children audience.
Thanks, Clive
Hi,

I think 'any 14-year-old' refers to any such person in the movie or in the audience.

Best wishes, Clive