"to line-jump"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sat Nov 22 15:58:30 UTC 2008

another two-part back-formed verb (like "early/absentee vote, "gay
marry", "offshore drill", "underage drink", discussed a while back on
Language Log):

line-jump / line jump ‘jump ahead in line’ (presumably from the noun-
noun compound "line-jumping")

i got a fair number of hits on 11/19/08 (after hearing it in a tv
commercial for the CiCi’s Pizza chain), along with some irrelevant
hits (note both intransitive and transitive uses):

Have you ever line-jumped at a buffet? doesn't everyone?

When in a buffet do you.....?
line-jump when the person in front of you is taking forever at the
mashed potatoes bowl, but you just want the turkey at the end? and do
you consider it rude when someone line-jumps you?

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