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  1. toe the line. accept the authority, principles, or policies of a particular group, especially under pressure. Competitors in a race toe the line by placing their toes on the starting line. Times An insider suggests that the said minister is on the skids. The minister smarts, and toes the line.
  2. Verb. 1. toe the line - do what is expected. abide by, comply, follow - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules".
  3. The idiom is toe the line, not tow the line. The phrase derives from track-and-field events in which athletes are required to place a foot on a starting line and wait for the signal to go. Race officials used to shout “Toe the line!” where now they shout “On your marks!”.
  4. Aug 14,  · A lot of people who don't know the origin of the phrase picture someone pulling a rope, cord, or some other "line"--"tow the line"--as a way of working for whomever the "line" belongs to. Thus, if the administration has a "line"-- i.e., a "party line"--then those who side with the administration help to pull it ("tow" it) along.
  5. tow the line similar to the idiom 'toe the line' but it is different idiom. -Idiom loose definition: Testing the line, see if its loose or tight, to see if you can slip, lug and or steal for any amount of time.
  6. The 'tow' version is no doubt encouraged by the fact that ropes or cables on ships are often called lines and that 'tow lines' are commonplace nautical items. The earlier meaning of 'to toe the line' was to position one's toes next to a marked line in order to be ready to start a race, or some other undertaking.
  7. May 25,  · Reminder: The idiom meaning “to do what is expected” or “to follow the established rules” is correctly spelled “toe the line.” It’s an expression that was once used at the start of a race, when runners were called to step into the ready position with their toes on the starting line.
  8. To adhere to the rules of something. (Often misspelled as "tow the line.") From now on, I plan to toe the line and do exactly what Gram tells me, to avoid getting in any more trouble. I expect you to toe the line at all times if you want to remain at this firm, Jonathan.

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