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what's the difference among "queue up" "wait in line" and "wait on line"?

where could they be properly said?
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wait on line is used in New York City. Example, "are you waiting on line?" to someone who looks like they are in line for .... the bus, to purchase a movie ticket, checkout, etc.
Thanks for the very interesting explanation!  As an in-migrant to NYC from the midwest, I have often wondered about the usage of "on line."
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It seems to me that if a person positions themselves behind another who is behind another, etc..... that you have gotten "on" line. Then, if another positions themselves behind you, you are now "in" line. Therefore, both would be correct?
Are you saying that initially you get on line, and after than you are in line? Well, your theory makes a certain amount of sense, but no one uses the terms that way. New Yorkers say "on line," everyone else in the U.S. says, "in line," and in Britain they "queue." The distinction between joining the line and being part of the line has nothing to do with it.
On line is usually said by New Yorkers....
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Queue is generally more of a British English phrase, and not often used in the US.

Wait in line refers to standing in an orderly group of people prior to something happening, and often prior to purchasing something.

Wait on line is non-standard, and could be a misspelling of wait online, which would refer to the amount of time it takes your browser to load, or possibly if you were waiting for a line to move you would be waiting on A line.

The blog In Line Waiting offers tips for queues, waiting in lines, waiting on lines, and everything else in between! Regardless of your usage, you can get some great tips here: http://www.inlinewaiting.com/2011/11/beat-your-consumer-competition-up-to-the-front-of-the-line/
Yep. New Yorkers say wait on line. This is one thing that separates a real New Yorker from all those wannabes from the Left Coast or Houston or Miami or just about anywhere else in the U.S. It's the expression wait on line. Yep. Bakht-Rofheart says that virtually everywhere else in the country people say wait in line.
Not to muddy the waters TOO much, but QUEUE is ALSO a computer term (like "online")...

Things waiting their turn (for the computer to process something) are QUEUED, as in, "There are two other documents before mine, in the print queue".

In older times (and still used in some systems), a "batch" job is "queued" (placed in the list of of "jobs" to be executed).
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"'In line' is the accepted term," says the self-appointed term accepter.
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