"out of line" ?

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billy

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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 .
 

RonBee

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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
 

billy

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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. ;-)
 

billy

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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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