out of order

Definition of out of order

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.

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

order play
  1. : to put in order : arrange

  2. : to give an order to : command

  3. : destine, ordain

  1. : a group of people united in a formal way: such as

  2. : a fraternal society

  3. : a community under a religious rule


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