be out of order(redirected from were out of order)
be out of order
1. To be unavailable for use, typically because the item or machine in question is broken. According to the sign on the door, this restroom is out of order. Our washer is out of order, so I'm on my way to the laundromat.
2. To not be in the correct sequence. OK, the pages of this report are definitely out of order—page four is followed by page seven. That's not how the song goes, so those verses must be out of order.
3. To act in an inappropriate or unacceptable way. That reporter was out of order when he asked questions about my personal life.