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2006.10.04(Review of 2004.01.22 edition)

When you open up a valve to start the flow of water or oil in a pipeline, it's only a matter of time before the flow reaches its destination. With most projects, too, once planning and development begin, it's usually just a matter of time before the plans are realized.

Well, if you want to say that the “valve” has been opened on a project, then here's the idiom to use!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: イディオム


  • If something is in the pipeline, it is currently being planned or developed.
  • in the pipeline は、何かが現在計画中である、あるいは、進行している、という意味です。


  1. (a fictional news report)
    Berlitz Industries has a revolutionary new product in the pipeline, but they're keeping it a well-guarded secret until development is complete.
  2. a: Is it true that we're going to be moving to new offices next year?
    b: That's right. Plans for the move have been in the pipeline since April.
  3. (vice president to mid-level manager)
    a: So, what do you have in the pipeline this month?
    b: Well, the marketing recommendations should be finished in a couple of weeks, and I've also nearly worked out a new deal with our chief supplier.

英会話レッスンWe've got two more business idioms in the pipeline for you. Be on the lookout for them!