step out of line

step out of line
   If you step out of line, you do something unacceptable or break the rules.
   

It was made clear upon arrival that we would be dismissed if we stepped out of line.


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  • step out of line — To depart from the usual, or accepted, course of action • • • Main Entry: ↑step * * * step out of line informal phrase to break the rules, or to do something wrong If you step out of line, you will be punished. Thesaurus: to fail to obey a rule,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • step out of line — ► to behave in a way that is unacceptable or not expected: »If he steps out of line, he could be fired. Main Entry: ↑step …   Financial and business terms

  • step out of line — ► step out of line behave inappropriately or disobediently. Main Entry: ↑step …   English terms dictionary

  • step out of line — informal to break the rules, or to do something wrong If you step out of line, you will be punished …   English dictionary

  • step out of line — to not behave as you are ordered or expected to. It was made quite clear to me that if I stepped out of line again I d be out of a job …   New idioms dictionary

  • step out of line — do something bad, misbehave    If John steps out of line again, I ll remind him of the rules …   English idioms

  • step out of line — behave inappropriately or disobediently. → step …   English new terms dictionary

  • out of line — phrasal : not in a lineal arrangement: as a. : not in a straight line : out of alignment b. : not in a state of harmonious conformity prices and wages were badly out of line c. : not in order or concord : badly behaved sorry if I was …   Useful english dictionary

  • be out of line — step out of ˈline | be/get out of ˈline idiom to behave badly or break the rules • His boss warned him that if he stepped out of line once more he would be fired. Main entry: ↑stepidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • get out of line — step out of ˈline | be/get out of ˈline idiom to behave badly or break the rules • His boss warned him that if he stepped out of line once more he would be fired. Main entry: ↑stepidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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