toe the line

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Related to toe the line: take heart
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.
Meanwhile, David (John Simm) is told to toe the line, he's about his private life.
But now it's time for him to put on scholastic shackles and toe the line.
But with so much of central government's behaviour, l fail to see the point and can only assume that threats to the BBC are intended to make it toe the line and/or blur a bigger picture that they are intent on distracting us.
Toe The Line, who represents trainer John Kiely, was a nine-length winner of a four-runner contest at Gowran Park on her reappearance two weeks ago.
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.
And in all probability, the state Congress will toe the line of the government," he said.