Meaning of “step/be out of line” in the English Dictionary

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"step/be out of line" in British English

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step/be out of line

C2 to behave in an unsuitable way:

It was made quite clear to me that if I stepped out of line again I'd be out of a job.

(Definition of “step/be out of line” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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