in the pipeline

in the pipeline

Meaning

  • to be underway
  • to be somewhere in process

Example Sentences

  1. The project has been in the pipeline since forever. I am not sure if it will ever get completed.
  2. I am not working right now but have a few offers in the pipeline.
  3. She keeps telling me that her new book is in the pipeline but is she even writing something right now?
  4. My mother’s operation has been scheduled finally, it has been in the pipeline for a very long time.
  5. Can I do something that will expedite the process to the completion of these forms? They have been in the pipeline for a while now, don’t you think?
  6. My boss asked for an update about every project that is in the pipeline right now. Is something going on that I don’t know about?
  7. Can you try to get the approval for these blueprints that are in the pipeline?

Origin

From the plumbing world, something that is in the pipeline is sure to come out from either end. It refers to on-going projects when used in real life situations. Speculated to be American in its origin but there is no literary evidence available to justify this speculation.

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