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    hi,
    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 .

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    If somebody is out of line that means he is doing something inappropriate, something he shouldn't be doing.

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    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

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    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

    right?


    look forward to your reply

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    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.

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    thank you so much for your explanation!

    I've learned much more from here.

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    You're welcome.

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