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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. I expect you to toe the line at all times if you want to remain at this firm, Jonathan.
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

toe the line

COMMON If you toe the line, you behave in the way that people in authority have told you to behave. The new legislation could force them out of business if they don't toe the line. Journalists who refuse to toe the line will have to be sacked. Note: You often use a word before line to indicate who the people in authority are. He was sacked for not toeing the Party line. Note: At the start of a race, runners stand in a row with their toe just behind the starting line.
See also: line, toe

toe the line

accept the authority, principles, or policies of a particular group, especially under pressure.
Competitors in a race toe the line by placing their toes on the starting line.
1998 Times An insider suggests…that the said minister is…on the skids. The minister smarts, and toes the line.
See also: line, toe

toe the ˈline

(American English also toe the ˈmark) obey the orders and accept the ideas, aims and principles of a particular group or person: The Prime Minister is angry because some members of the government are not toeing the line. OPPOSITE: overstep the mark/line
See also: line, toe
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I did see young a few youngsters who tried to rebel against the army system, but believe me you had to toe the line and if you didn't you found out the hard way.
But his refusal to toe the line may have stopped him getting promotion, he warns.
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The housemates are going hungry after Jayne's latest refusal to toe the line led to the food budget being slashed.
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I haven't had any serious discussions with anyone,'' said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, being careful to toe the line of baseball's tampering rules.
It's purpose is maximum devastation on the mainland in order to get Tony Blair to continue to toe the line.
And Britain could be forced to toe the line unless Premier Tony Blair tries to use his veto.
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