step out of line


: to disobey rules or behave badly
If you step out of line, you'll get kicked off the bus.

Examples of step out of line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When any Republican legislator dares to step out of line, the network's hosts are ready to push back and make clear there is a cost to be paid for taking even the slightest political detour. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 But the company’s ability to veto unflattering paper submissions, and fire researchers who step out of line, raises questions about accountability in a field awash with corporate cash. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 12 Dec. 2020 And yet no one dared step out of line. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2020 But if the leadership in Peking wanted to make the point that no one, not even someone as rich, famous and internationally connected as Ma, could step out of line, submission and contrition would not be enough. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 Nov. 2020

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“Step out of line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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