to toe the line

Idiom Definition

"to toe the line"

to conform to and follow the rules and regulations

Idiom Definition - to toe the line


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to toe the line

You and your boss have been having an argument all week about a certain procedure at work.  You believe the procedure should be changed but your boss insists that the procedure will not change.

If you do not toe the line and follow the rules, you will be in trouble.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to toe the line

Johnny and his mother have been arguing about how messy Johnny's room is.  There is a house rule that everyone should keep their rooms neat and tidy.  Johnny's mother tells Johnny that ...

if Johnny does not toe the line and clean his room, she will take away his video games until he cleans his room.

to toe the line - Usage:


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to toe the line - Gerund Form:

Toeing the line can mean following orders even if you think they are wrong.

to toe the line - Examples:

1)  Why would Republicans toe the line to their demise simply because of party affiliation?

2)  It took my dad a while to work out I wasn't going to toe the line.

3)  To nab the attention of customers toggling between screens, advertisers frequently toe the line between inappropriate and outrageous.

4)  Costume designers must be careful to toe the line between over designing and leaving too much up to an actor.

5) The women had to toe the line and pass the tests just the same as the men. 

6)  We would not be prosecuted as long as we toe the line.

7)  The Fed has plenty of legal and regulatory tools to make the banks toe the line.

8)  All Philippines has to do is to toe the line. Economic grants have been given and will still be given.

9)  We need a threat to make them toe the line.

10)  He needed them to toe the line and bring their cars home.

11)  Do we toe the line of a century-old model for scientific communication and review?

12)  So, your example of where some members of your tribe won't toe the line with PZ involves video games and whether they're art, huh?

13)  These type are never rehabilitated. They just toe the line until they are freed into society again.

14)  At the end of the day, she'll come toe the line, because you can make her life exquisitely hellish.

15)  It raises the serious question of whether Canada will simply toe the line set by U.S. security agencies.

16)  Both sides are content to sit and play to the press, to toe the line and tell the public that it's not their fault.

17)  Otherwise, we get journalists that toe the line and regurgitate statements and press-releases without questioning.

18)  In his insistent individuality and refusal to toe the line, Boris unsettles the Cameroons - with good reason.

19)  Only when he refused to toe the line did you turn on him.

20)  Threaten civil servants, artists and academics with job loss if they don't toe the line.