toe the line


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toe the line

to do what you are ordered or expected to do Not everyone was happy with the plan, but most of us toed the line.
Usage notes: sometimes used with a noun describing whose orders are being followed: They promised to toe the party line and vote with the leadership.
See also: line, toe

toe/tow the line

to do what you are ordered or expected to do He might not like the rules but he'll toe the line just to avoid trouble. Ministers who refused to toe the Party line were swiftly got rid of.
See take the line of least resistance, cross the line, draw a line under, draw the line, draw the line at, drop a line, fall in line, feed a line, lay it on the line, step out of line
See also: line, toe

toe the line

Also, toe the mark. Meet a standard, abide by the rules, as in The new director will make us toe the line, I'm sure, or At daycare Brian has to toe the mark, but at home his mother's quite lenient. This idiom refers to runners in a race placing their toes on the starting line and not moving until the starting signal. Its figurative use dates from the early 1800s.
See also: line, toe
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The theologian, Bernard Haring, argues that in almost all religions there is still a temptation to use the potent motive of fear, forcing people to toe the line in religion and other things.
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More than anything it portrays Hollywood as a very dog-eat-dog community where an individual has to toe the line or they find themselves out in the cold forever.
THE firefighters do a good job but these over paid under worked firefighters who put people's lives at risk by unofficial action should be made to toe the line, leave or be sacked.
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PRESUMABLY Gordon Brown wishes to commit political suicide at the next election in view of his decision to allow Labour MPs a free vote according to their consciences on the three individual sections of the Human Embryo and Fertilisation Bill, then expect them to toe the line and vote for the bill in its entirety however they may have decided to vote previously.
Ms Smith (Lab, Redditch), who has the job of ensuring backbenchers toe the line, will have the power to suspend those who say the wrong things.