line of descent

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The other line of descent follows from Chandler's The Big Sleep, in which Philip Marlowe's personal loyalty to his client and to the idea of family dear to that client reorients the crime fiction to follow.
Inevitably, there is a direct line of descent through the formative years of United up to the present Modern Magpies.
Showing that genealogy can be conciliatory as well as divisive, Nash demonstrates that family histories may often disturb notions of any one clear line of descent within either of the "two communities.
Use of 16S rDNA sequence analysis showed these species to be closely related and to form a distinct line of descent within the lactic acid bacteria (3).
The argument that Middle English poetry, particularly Layamon's Brut, has a direct line of descent from classical through late Old English poetry is solid.
ancestor: one from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent.
Created under the mentorship of JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Line of Descent reveals the struggle for connection and control within relationships.
from Jean Spooner of Kings Norton and A ROYAL LINE OF DESCENT from Michael Scrivens of Oldbury.
The case was previously dismissed by judges but in 2004 an appeal court overturned that verdict and proved a direct line of descent from Victor to Pierre Hugo.
It is a singularly wonderful line of descent to be able to follow as SCNA reaches its 100th year.
Make your own way down the final stretch of the ridge and you'll hit a clear path that runs roughly at right-angles to your line of descent.