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speak out of turn

To say something erroneous, foolish, or impudent at an inappropriate time, or to speak when one does not have the authority to do so. I hope I'm not speaking out of turn, but I think we'd see a higher profit margin if we took better care of our employees' benefits. If you speak out of turn in my class, you can expect detention!
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speak out of turn

Fig. to say something unwise or imprudent; to say something at the wrong time. Excuse me if I'm speaking out of turn, but what you are proposing is quite wrong. Bob was quite honest, even if he was speaking out of turn.
See also: of, out, speak, turn

speak out of turn

also talk out of turn
to say something that you should not have said I'm sorry if I spoke out of turn, but somebody had to tell him the facts.
Usage notes: sometimes used to describe something you did not have the authority to say: The company president said there had not been any delays, and that the project manager had spoken out of turn.
See also: of, out, speak, turn

speak/talk out of turn

  (slightly formal)
to say something that you should not have said or that you did not have the authority to say I'm sorry if I spoke out of turn, but somebody had to tell him the facts.
See also: of, out, speak, turn