dotted line - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˌdɒtɪd ˈlaɪn/
singulardotted line
pluraldotted lines
  1. 1
    a line of small spots of ink that are very close together

    Cut along the dotted line.

  2.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    in business organization, an indirect relationship with someone senior, so that you are responsible to them, but not on a day-to-day basis

    He will report directly to EMEA Regional Financial Controller with a dotted line to the Group CFO.

    The head reports to Dean of Engineering, but has a dotted line to the Dean of A&S.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 24/10/2015