get a line on sb

get a line on sb: "

get a line on sb/sth (to get an idea on how to locate someone or something; to find out, learn about sb/sth — добыть, раздобыть, получить сведения о ком-л. или о чём-л.; разузнать о ком-л. или о чём-л.

Example 1: 'I'd have to check with John. Can I make a call to California? If we can track down the coat, maybe we can get a line on the missing woman.'

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