out of step


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out of step

1. Not following or maintaining the proper rhythm (along with someone or something). My date kept dancing out of step with me throughout our entire prom. It was so embarrassing! You're never going to be a star if you keeping singing out of step with the music like that. I'm not really keen on dancing. I'm always out of step!
2. Having beliefs, values, or ways of living that differ from those of one's group or society, especially because they are considered outdated. The candidate is clearly out of step with mainstream America. I barely look at my phone each day, so I've begun to feel out of step with most members of my generation.
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*out of step

 (with someone or something)
1. and *out of time (with someone or something) Lit. out of cadence with someone else. (*Typically: be ~; dance ~; get ~; march~.) You've gotten out of step with the music. Pay attention, Ann. You're out of time.
2. Fig. not as up-to-date as someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) John is out of step with the times. Billy missed three days and now is out of step with the rest of the class.
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out of step (with something)

1. not having the same ideas or beliefs as a group you are part of The governor's remarks show she is seriously out of step with voters.
2. not aware of something Many parents are surprisingly out of step with the reality of drugs in their children's lives.
Usage notes: often used as a criticism: My dad's clothing store, once successful, is now dismissed as old and out of step.
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out of step

see under in step.
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out of step

1. Not moving in rhythm: recruits marching out of step.
2. Not in conformity with one's environment: out of step with the times.
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