toe the line

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Related to toe the line: take heart
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Verb1.toe the line - do what is expected
abide by, comply, follow - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
يَتَصَرَّف حَسَب القَوانين
držet se směrnic
følge reglerne
fylgja venju, hlÿîa
držať sa smerníc
kurallara uygun davranmak


(təu) noun
1. one of the five finger-like end parts of the foot. These tight shoes hurt my toes.
2. the front part of a shoe, sock etc. There's a hole in the toe of my sock.
ˈtoenail noun
the nail that grows on one's toes. He was cutting his toenails.
toe the line
to act according to the rules.
References in classic literature ?
Then we would make up the rest of the standing army out of commonplace materi- als, and officer it with nobodies, as was proper -- nobodies selected on a basis of mere efficiency -- and we would make this regiment toe the line, allow it no aristocratic freedom from restraint, and force it to do all the work and persistent hammering, to the end that whenever the King's Own was tired and wanted to go off for a change and rummage around amongst ogres and have a good time, it could go without uneasiness, knowing that matters were in safe hands behind it, and business going to be continued at the old stand, same as usual.
This lightly-raced Selkirk filly looked progressive last season and, with no fears about heavy ground and with the Weld team in flying form, she might have the edge over Toe The Line and Altesse.
10) overcame interference to win decisively, making it two from three over fences EYECATCHER Toe The Line (6.
Sinn Fein's leader in the Seanad, Senator David Cullinane, said: "This is the Taoiseach who promised political reform, now he makes an appointment to keep the Fine Gael numbers up and have a go at those in his party who didn't toe the line.
The only time anyone like him ran this country were the Royals from the first king until a Mr Oliver Cromwell changed things round and made them toe the line.
I would suggest that maybe he would be happier in one of those countries where dissenting voices are silenced and free thinking people who refuse to toe the line are locked up.
She has already hinted at violent repercussions if the rest of us don't toe the line.
Think horizontal, vertical, chevron, multicoloured or monochrome - it's impossible not to toe the line with this season's trend.
As a nation we are all too ready to toe the line from a Westminster Government rather than actually thinking about what we can do through our own Government.
On BBC1's Andrew Marr Show John Bercow, the Speaker of the Commons, who got in by playing both sides against the middle and knows it, spoke earnestly and at length of his desire to see MPs toe the line over expenses and "restore people's faith in parliament".
This day is the day apparently, even SANZAR will have to toe the line thereafter.
They want to keep their jobs, they want to look good so they'll toe the line.