opening line

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Noun1.opening line - the first line of a piece of writing (as a newspaper story)
news article, news story, newspaper article - an article reporting news
line - text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza"
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He sings the opening lines perhaps more than once, in order to gather the people round him.
Miss Dunross silently wrote the opening lines of the letter, and waited for the words that were to follow.
Although the only coherent part of the latter piece of literature were the opening lines,
The hopelessness and the imprudence of this proceeding failed to strike me before I had actually written the opening lines of the letter.
Mowat, who died this week, starts his books with a good opening line and keeps the momentum going from beginning to end.
He'd sent themout as planned and then starting calling around, using the opening line - "It's Craig here fromAcme Blinds" (names changed to protect, etc) "I just wondered if you got the brochurewe sent out last week" Hmmm.
Once the structure is complete, machinery consisting of a fiber opening line, a fiber bleaching line, an opening line and a card, together with a spunlace line and dryer/winder will be installed.
While this uncertainty may create some initial anxiety, we also know that each opening line, even those unheard of in 1988, holds the opportunity for tutors and clients alike to hone their communication skills while collaboratively enhancing their knowledge about a subject.
In THE NEW AMERICAN December 25, 2006 article "By the Grace of God," by Dennis Behreandt, the descriptive opening line begins with "at the time of the Civil War.
It is the opening line of a speech the English monarch gave to inspire his weary troops to gather their strength and attack enemy fortifications one more time during the siege of Harfleur in 1415.
The opening line of the Crane's story--"None of them knew the color of the sky"--reflects the uncertainty and loneliness of the situation as his four "poor waifs" are set adrift in a tiny rowboat amid turbulent, frigid, and shark-infested waters.
Repeat the opening line each time and then quickly respond out loud before you write it down--don't think long and hard.