informal Behaving in a way that breaks the rules or is considered inappropriate: he had never stepped out of line with her before
More example sentences
- If you break rules, if you step out of line, then obviously you face the consequences.
- I was boiling with anger and shouted that his behaviour was way out of line.
- But I think there are possible alternatives to censuring and rebuking those who step out of line.
Definition of out of line in:
- The US English dictionary