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toe the line

Submitted by MichaelNa on 01.12.2016

toe the line (English) — follow, obey, observe the rules; abide by the rules; comply with the rules.

English, explained by MichaelNa on Thu, 01/12/2016 - 17:06

toe the line — To toe the line, and to tow the line has been a longstanding debate. 'Tow the mark' is also a variant.
1. Toe the line, toe the mark, toe the plank. Although this goes back to individuals (men) line up toes along plank lines on a ship it still is used in the military even on tile floors, and sidewalks.
2. Tow the line, although many argue it's correct usage it is often seen in many song lyrics and thus needs to be addressed too. Tow the line (a rope) also nautical in origin can refer to an individual, a machine, or device. Tugboats tow lines and the ship must follow it. Crewmembers working as a combined force tow lines. Both mean to do as told, to fall in line, to follow the lead to do what is expected (needs to be done) whether a man or a machine. In a tug of war in a literal sense you must tow the line.

English, explained by Ww Ww on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 00:35

toe the line — подчиняться требованиям; придерживаться правил; проводить определённую линию; поддерживать взгляды/программу

Russian, explained by St. Sol on Sat, 17/03/2018 - 13:45

"toe the line" in lyrics

That was his car , that was the 203th room Vitaa
That was your man in the arms of this little biatch
Keep , keep your cool , this bastard is nothing without you
Well yeah life is a biatch when you've decided to toe the line
Maybe you had to pass by this , back to the start
Look at me , after the dramas I've lived , I no longer believed in it ,

Diam's - Confessions Nocturnes

Everyone I see just wants to walk with gritted teeth
But I just stand by and I wait my time
They say you gotta toe the line they want the water not the wine
But when I see the signs I jump on that lightning bolt

Jake Bugg - Lighting Bolt

Blinded by our tears , we become pawns
We're dogged by bad luck , in reality when does opinion uprise ?
If the pack of hounds accepts you , finally why ?
Not to toe the line , not to end up being broke , not to deflect your steps
I want to walk with no regret , burn whole pages
Even sow my secrets , tame my pains

Kyo - Contact

That was his car , that was the 203th room Vitaa
That was your man in the arms of this little biatch
Keep , keep your cool , this bastard is nothing without you
Well yeah life is a biatch when you've decided to toe the line
Maybe you had to pass by this , back to the start
Look at me , after the dramas I've lived , I no longer believed in it ,

Vitaa - Nocturnal Confessions

Are you my destiny, words I never dared to say
Will you be there for me?

Just think of you and me, we could never toe the line
It's such a mystery just to hear you say you're mine
And while you're close to me, so close to me

Sarah Brightman - There for me

They told me, you know, the world isn't waiting for you
You don't have the weapons to fight your fight
You should go and toe the line like the others
That's life, that's the way it is

- Go and spread the news

Too bad, I'll do without it and mince my words
I don't mind other people's noise
Providing they stop making up nice stories
And take the trouble to toe the line

Fly, fly, fly

Little - Little Ladybug

Be my returns from abroads

As I went and came a lot of time I got tired
I did toe the line and I've been yours
I believed to people a lot of time
I thought you already was mine

Hakan Peker - Send Me Your Fire

Are you my destiny, words I never dared to say
Will you be there for me?

Just think of you and me, we could never toe the line
It's such a mystery just to hear you say you're mine
And while you're close to me, so close to me

Sarah Brightman - There for me (Timeless)

Well you know that I'm a wicked guy
And I was born with a jealous mind
And I can't spend my whole life
Trying just to make you toe the line

You better run for your life if you can, little girl

The Beatles - Run For Your Life

You're not her,
Though I try to see you differently.
I toe the line,
You see I'm searching for what used to be,
Mine, oh.

Ed Sheeran - Sunburn

'Cos if you're timid,
Life will go on.

If you achieve your purpose, if you toe the line,
Be yourself and you'll find me.
The change depends only on you,

Lola (Hungary) - Move On Now!

Love knows it's work, no, it doesn't take form

I kept wishes corner of my heart for intention
Don't think much, toe the line, be my precious

Love is on fire, look, it's burning inside of me

Aslı Güngör - Love Is On Fire

There was an awful row between her mum and dad
They said she hadn’t done this, she hadn’t done that
If she wanted to remain inside the family home
She’d have to toe the line, she’d have to give it a go
It didn’t suit Sukie
So she took her things and left

Belle & Sebastian - Sukie in the graveyard

But have you heard about that way,
To make you feel I should soon make you pay
And to make you toe the line, line
I Sever my ties
Oh well i never

Babyshambles - Fuck Forever

Easy, don’t stop if you can rise up
it’s about knowing yourself, never give up, don’t hold back
To gain respect many play a game of hating and hiding
And that’s where they toe the line

Nach - To be or not to be

Dear Alexander:

I am slow to anger
But I toe the line
As I reckon with the effects
Of your life on mine

Hamilton (musical) - Your Obedient Servant

she'll be five for five run with the crowd, got me thinking whats this all about

if they'd ask they'd lie, your much to proud,
ya gotta toe the line run with the crowd but what they're trying to say is just as loud

when I stood up tall they cut me down,

Gabriella Cilmi - Don't Tell Me

How sweet the sound

Silence's on I attempt
Bow and scrape, toe the line
Never get back together

Stuck in the Sound - Let's Go

But now, God be praised,
That Rudi manages us well
Jörg Berger make the whole team hot
And they toe the line now, no shit

We fight hard, we fight fair

FC Schalke 04 - Once A Schalker, Always A Schalker

I make my own world
When outside is displeasing to all
So that here I can do what I want
And not have to toe the line
Here the sun is still there, when outside is dark
Here one can see the sun, moon and stars even under the table

Fayzen - Paradise

our nice teacher,
with the strictest discipline,
used to set us straight;
she had us toe the line
by yelling ‹Pay attention!› <em>«’sir!»</em>
‹Now you’ll march singing this song›.

Quartetto Cetra - Here Comes the Director

We are lucky to be born and raised here
Better than Shangri-La
Hey citizen ! Just toe the line and you’ll go far
Our leader’s giving you all your opinions
Cause he knows what is best

Lordi - Sir, Mr. Presideath, Sir

That was his car , that was the 203th room Vitaa
That was your man in the arms of this little biatch
Keep , keep your cool , this bastard is nothing without you
Well yeah life is a biatch when you've decided to toe the line
Maybe you had to pass by this , back to the start
Look at me , after the dramas I've lived , I no longer believed in it ,

Diam's - Nocturnal Confessions

Now I know
I know

This time I will toe the line
This time I will say it right
We are born into a softened life

Voyager - This Gentle Earth