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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." They were able to force overtime when their star striker toed in a shot in the final seconds of the match. The goalkeeper 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 out

1. To walk or stand with one's feet angled outward. I just worry that toeing out like that will affect your posture in the long run.
2. Of the front tires on a car, to point out at an angle. The mechanic said the tires were toeing out slightly, causing them to get worn down along the inside edges so quickly.
3. To adjust the tires on a car so that they point slightly away from one another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "toe" and "out." Manufacturers tend to toe out front-wheel drive cars to compensate for the forces put on the wheels when the car turns.
See also: out, toe

toe the line

To adhere to the rules of something. (Often misspelled as "tow the line.") 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 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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