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straight lining

straight lining
 n.— «Although the city sometimes pulls meters to thwart the most egregious offenders, these water thieves use a method called straight lining to keep the water running. They insert a pipe that taps into the supply line, and the water flows again, leaving the city no way to record gallons used.» —“Water theft: Meter tampering on the rise” by Fred Afflerbach Temple Daily Telegram (Temple, Texas) Aug. 15, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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