Toe-the-line meaning

(idiomatic) To abide by the rules or conventions.

Television shows these days do not always toe the line of decency and common sense.

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(idiomatic) To stand at your mark before a footrace.

Alberto Salazar is one of the most famous athletes to have toed the line at this great race.

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Origin of toe-the-line

  • Most likely derived from putting one's toe to a line, mark, or seam on a naval ship as a form of regimentation or punishment.

    From Wiktionary