Toe the mark - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
toe the mark
toe the line
To adhere to the rules of something. From now on, I plan to toe the line and do exactly what Gram tells me, to avoid getting in any more trouble.
toe the mark and toe the line
Fig. to do what one is expected to do; to follow the rules. You'll get ahead, Sally. Don't worry. Just toe the mark, and everything will be okay. John finally got fired. He just couldn't learn to toe the line.
References in classic literature
You's every one on ye got to toe the mark
, I tell ye; quick,--straight,--the moment I speak.
You may have very good reasons for forgetting your name, and I'll like you none the worse for it as long as you toe the mark
Romney's family instills the values of hard work and excellence with parents committed to ensuring that their children toe the mark