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toe the line

To abide by the rules or conventions.


  • Most likely derived from putting one's toe to a line, mark, or seam on a naval ship as a form of regimentation or punishment.

Television shows these days do not always toe the line of decency and common sense.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'toe the line':

Toe the LineDo what you actually are supposed to do; obeying all the rules and regulations; one shouldn’t be disagreeing
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pisar la linea

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