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
    2
    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