be in/out of step

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be out of step

1. To lack understanding or information on a current topic or issue. Making a sexist statement like that just proves how much he is out of step with the views of modern society.
2. To disagree with or clash with those whom one is supposed to work with. The chairman is out of step with the rest of the committee—that's why they want to oust him. He'll never get the nomination because he's too out of step with the rest of his party.
See also: of, out, step

be in/out of ˈstep (with somebody/something)

1 putting your feet on the ground in the right/wrong way, according to the rhythm of the music or the people you are moving with: I found myself marching in step with the music.
2 having ideas that are the same as or different from other people’s: He’s completely out of step with other cancer specialists; his ideas about treatment are quite different.The government no longer seems to be in step with the attitudes of the people.
See also: of, out, step
References in classic literature ?
Forsake me not thus, ADAM, witness Heav'n What love sincere, and reverence in my heart I beare thee, and unweeting have offended, Unhappilie deceav'd; thy suppliant I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me not, Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid, Thy counsel in this uttermost distress, My onely strength and stay: forlorn of thee, Whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
The observations of the judicious Blackstone,[1] in reference to the latter, are well worthy of recital: "To bereave a man of life, [says he] or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole nation; but confinement of the person, by secretly hurrying him to jail, where his sufferings are unknown or forgotten, is a less public, a less striking, and therefore a more dangerous engine of arbitrary government.
What we love that we have, but by desire we bereave ourselves of the love.