Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

toe the line

toe the line
1) adhere to the rule(s) or standard(s) of something
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    • toe the party line
  • Analysis
    To 'toe the line' means 'to conform' or to do what is expected without objection. You may also hear 'toe the party line'. This expression is often miswritten as 'tow the line', although this is incorrect. When you 'toe the line' you 'stick to the script' or behave in a way that is fitting and uncontroversial. This is an expression that can be used in a social and professional context.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The politician liked to go his own way and refused to toe the party line.
    2. My brother always refuses to do what the rest of the family expect. He can never just toe the line.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. This is your final warning for breaking the office rules. Either you toe the line from now on or I will have to let you go.
    2. The shop owner has been stringently toeing the line to make sure his business doesn't fall foul of the new legislation.
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