- 1 Post By RonBee
- 1 Post By Tdol
"out of line" ?
I heard the conversation below on a TV show :
A: you've talked too much . it's boring .
B: Am I out of line ?
so, what exactly does out of line mean?
appreciate you helping me .
If somebody is out of line that means he is doing something inappropriate, something he shouldn't be doing.
Re: "out of line" ?
In the Army, soldiers stand at attention in line. If one of the soldiers is standing out(side) of the line, s/he, to quote RonBee, "is doing something inappropriate, something [s/]he shouldn't be doing." :D
as far as I understand , does that mean " the speaker (B) was not talking about what they were supposed to talk about ? Like off the track
look forward to your reply
Yes, but in a different way from 'off the track'.. 'Out of line' means they aren't following rules, instructions, etc. A politician may speak out of line by saying something their party doesn't approve of. 'Off the track' means that the coversation is wandering away from the subject.
thank you so much for your explanation!
I've learned much more from here.
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