out of order

idiom

1
: not working properly : not able to be used
The elevator's out of order again.
2
: not following the formal rules of a meeting, court session, etc.
At the last town council meeting, her proposal was ruled out of order by the mayor.
The mayor ruled her out of order.
3
British, informal : beyond what is reasonable or allowable : not right or appropriate
Your behavior was completely out of order.

Examples of out of order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The power outage has rendered the town's wastewater plant out of order and caused schools to close. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 6 Dec. 2022 Season three will focus on Colin and Penelope's love story, going out of order from Julia Quinn's books. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 20 July 2022 What’s less apparent is that production on Pachinko’s first season also took place out of order and sometimes simultaneously in multiple locations that included Canada, Japan and seven Korean cities. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2022 Adult Stan tells things out of order, goes on about extraneous details, and introduces characters but forgets to do anything with them. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2022 Even close observers of the event were not given a clear explanation of why positions seemed to be adjusted as mushers appeared to be called up out of order at the awards banquet in Nome on Sunday. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2022 Others toggle between stages, or even experience them out of order. Essence, 12 Oct. 2021 Police went to the home and learned that nothing was out of order and that the caller was intoxicated. cleveland, 3 Aug. 2021 Additional file boxes stowed in the shower, behind a flimsy beige curtain hanging from a tension rod, further suggest the bathroom was out of order. Geraldine Deruiter, Washington Post, 12 June 2023

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“Out of order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20order. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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