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"There’s usually a queue on weekdays.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  a line of people or vehicles waiting for something

or:  in information processing: an ordered list of tasks to be performed or messages to be transmitted
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Queue is more often used in Great Britain than in the United States.
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  • "There’s usually a queue on weekdays.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • In the event that she was stumped, she could bounce the query to his own queue, and he’d take it.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I knew we were better off than those who lived in the camps, queuing for food and water for hours under the hot sun, but I missed my valley.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Sometimes there’s a bit of a queue for it, though, since we get doodly for mobile reception out here and you’re looking at the only land-line on the island.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • "I told you I’m not on the queue."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But he couldn’t spend two hours surrounded by the same tutorial mates who had filled his message queue with vague, uncomfortable condolences.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • We sat, listening to it tick its way down, the dull murmur of the cars queuing along the road beside us.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Orderly queue, guys!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • There is the queue.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Queue horreur and triple merde.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

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  • Oscar and Karla took a spot in the queue and waited.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • In the alleys, fifteen-year-old boys are making their way toward mine elevators, queuing up with their helmets and lamps outside the gates.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • They queued up for yours, though.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The mayor had on a fine wig, properly powdered and pulled back, with a curl at the end of his queue, a sable coat and matching breeches, a maroon waistcoat, and a white silk cravat tied loosely around his neck, atop his shirt.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Dougal’s was still clubbed back in a queue that nearly matched the russet satin of his coat.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In the low-ceilinged canteen, deep underground, the lunch queue jerked slowly forward.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Our gang formed the head of the queue before the cook-house.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He was telling his desk to keep sending a message into the interrupt queue every thirty seconds.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Like a drill sergeant, he whistles and makes the beggar kids queue up, whips out a few bills from the Bakhsheesh bundle.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "You know me," Baba said, inching the bus along the queue exiting the flea market.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The queues were long to see the doctor, Tariq said.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They reached the entrance hall, which was packed with people queuing for dinner.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • People began to form up in queues to say goodbye.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I wouldn’t have queued up first, but the gods surged forward.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Only the taxi queue.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Then he thought of a complete stranger he had been standing behind in the queue at the supermarket two days before and felt a sudden stab—the supermarket was gone, everyone in it was gone.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • There were about twenty prisoners waiting in a queue in front of the door.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Uthar shook his head, queue whipping the sides of his wind-burned neck, and laughed.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She grabbed his hand and pulled him toward the queue of seemingly driverless taxis waiting by the curb.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Investigators later surmised that the Avianca pilots must have assumed that ATC was jumping them to the head of the queue, in front of the dozens of other planes circling Kennedy.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The dead queued up in the three lines, two marked ATTENDANT ON DUTY, and one marked EZ DEATH.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Leaving the desk, he saw the sharp-faced woman standing on one of the queues that had formed in front of the luggage carousel.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Nora Molloy knows my mother from the queues at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • With the entire station evacuated, I didn’t really expect any cabs to be in the taxi queue, and indeed the curb was empty.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • "The gouty old creature in English gaiters!" he said; "let him take himself off to Prussia with that queue of his."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • People were queuing to dish the dirt on Dumbledore anyway.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Like aphides and ants, the leaf-green Gamma girls, the black Semi-Morons swarmed round the entrances, or stood in queues to take their places in the monorail tram-cars.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • First, Jurassic Park has all the problems of any amusement park-ride maintenance, queue control, transportation, food handling, living accommodations, trash disposal, security.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He commandeered the El shuttle for his team, bumping a tour group who had apparently been queuing for two years.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • On the right-hand side, short queues were forming before each fireplace, waiting to depart.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I went quickly from him with the sack on my back; running to get to the head of the waiting queue.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • His long black glossy braided queue, tied at the bottom with a narrow piece of black silk, hung over his shoulder and moved rhythmically against his chest.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Here he was pressed and jostled a bit, for a good many other people were also going out; and on the bridge beyond the gate the crowd became quite a slow procession, more like a queue than a crowd.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Hermione was already queuing outside, carrying an armful of heavy books and looking putupon.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • She thought of the boy’s features as an exquisite distillation out of random patterns—endless queues of happenstance meeting at this nexus.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Thirty feet below, more than a dozen people were queued up at the base of the Step.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • His eyes were bloodshot, and he wore a little queue tied with black ribbon.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • There were queues outside such firms, assuming huge proportions outside the offices of the really large and important factories such as Toebbens and Schultz.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Looking out through the office door, Edgar watched the queues in the lobby, hoping they would shorten.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The sons, in short square-skirted coats, with rows of stupendous brass buttons, and their hair generally queued in the fashion of the times, especially if they could procure an eel-skin for the purpose, it being esteemed throughout the country as a potent nourisher and strengthener of the hair.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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