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out of line

 (with something)
1. Lit. not properly lined up in a line of things. I told you not to get out of line. Now, get back in line. One of those books on the shelf is out of line with the others. Please fix it.
2. Fig. beyond certain set or assumed limits. Your bid on this project is completely out of line with our expectations. The cost of this meal is out of line with what other restaurants charge. Your asking price is quite out ofline!
3. Fig. [of something said or behavior] improper. I'm afraid that your behavior was quite out of line. I do not wish to speak further about this matter. Bill, that remark was out of line. Please be more respectful. Your request is out of line.
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out of line

completely unacceptable Some members of Congress said the decision to send in troops was completely out of line. She's trying to sell the house for about $250,000, but that price is way out of line for this part of town.
Usage notes: often used with get and step: When a student steps out of line, someone should do something about it.
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out of line

1. Uncalled for, improper; inappropriate. For example, His remarks were totally out of line. It is often put as get out of line or step out of line, meaning "behave improperly," as in She really stepped out of line when she called him incompetent in front of his boss. [Late 1700s]
2. Not in agreement with general practice, as in Their prices are way out of line with other hotels. Both def. 1 and 2 are metaphoric expressions that transfer being out of alignment to various kinds of behavior.
3. out of one's line; not in one's line. Not in one's occupation or field of interest. For example, He offered a generous salary, but the work was out of her line, or I'd love to help, but telephone solicitation is not in my line. This usage alludes to line in the sense of "a business or occupation." [Mid-1800s]
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out of line

mod. not in accord with what is appropriate or expected, especially in price or behavior. Your behavior is quite out of line. I shall report you.
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out of line

1. Uncalled-for; improper.
2. Unruly and out of control.
See also: line, of, out