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"out of order" in British English

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out of order

mainly UK informal
If something someone says or does is out of order, it is unpleasant or not suitable and it is likely to upset or offend people: His behaviour in the meeting was out of order.
(Definition of out of order from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"out of order" in American English

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out of order

not operating because it is broken: I’m afraid we have to walk up the stairs – the elevator is out of order.
(Definition of out of order from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"out of order" in Business English

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out of orderadjective [after noun]

uk   us  
machines that are out of order are broken or not working correctly: All elevators in the building are currently out of order.
LAW remarks or actions that are out of order are not acceptable under the rules: Proposals to amend the tax laws were ruled out of order by legal advisers.
(Definition of out of order from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “out of order”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不妥的, 惹人讨厌的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不妥的, 惹人討厭的…
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