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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 ​offendpeople: 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 ​taxlaws were ruled out of ​order by ​legaladvisers.
(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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