Down the line

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The husband wants to have children and his wife is hesitating. He was trying to persuade her, but she avoids to answer, and he excuses her. Then:

Husband: "It's not like we haven't talked about this."
Wife: "But this was down the line. I'm don't know if I'm ready."
Thank you,
  • Cagey

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    You can understand her part of the conversation as:
    [When we talked about it] this (=having children) was in the future.
    I don't know if I'm ready [now].
    I hadn't realized how tricky the use of this is here, especially since so much has been left out (as it often is in conversations). I can see why you would ask.
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