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    out of line

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    He knew that what he was now doing marked a turning point in his life – it was out of line with everything that had preceded it. (F. S. Fitzgerald, “Tender Is the Night”)

    I thought your behavior at the meeting was a bit out of line.

    out of line = irrelevant, improper, unacceptable, discrepant

    The last remark was out of line.

    Sorry if I was out of line last evening.

    out of line = insolent, impudent, unabashed

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: out of line

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    He knew that what he was now doing marked a turning point in his life – it was out of line with everything that had preceded it. (F. S. Fitzgerald, “Tender Is the Night”) In this sentence, it means that his current behavior was inconsistent with his usual behavior.

    I thought your behavior at the meeting was a bit out of line.

    out of line = irrelevant, improper, unacceptable, discrepant

    The last remark was out of line.

    Sorry if I was out of line last evening.

    out of line = insolent, impudent, unabashed

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    You are correct about the others.

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