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Related to toed: toed the line, towed

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 in

1. In soccer (football), to kick a ball gently into a net with the tip of one's toes. A noun or pronoun can be used between "toe" and "in." The Manta Rays were able to force overtime when their start striker toed in a shot in the final seconds of the match. The goal keeper dove for the ball, but I managed to toe it in through her fingers.
2. Of speakers, to set at a slanting, indirect position in the corner of the room. A noun or pronoun can be used between "toe" and "in." I had them facing us directly at first, but I think the sound is much better if you toe the speakers in a bit. Don't forget to toe in the speakers before the gig starts.
See also: toe

toe the mark

To adhere or conform to the rules of something. From now on, I plan to toe the mark and do exactly what Graham tells me, to avoid getting in any more trouble. I expect you to toe the mark at all times if you want to remain at this firm, Jonathan.
See also: mark, toe

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.
See also: mark, 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

toe in

v.
To set or adjust something at an oblique angle: They toed in the front speakers to direct the sound towards the center of the room. We toed the chairs in so that we could share the footrest.
See also: toe