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01 / 10 / 2007

OUT OF ORDER (2): meaning and examples

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Today's expression is: out of order

Meaning 1 (Friday): a machine that is out of order is not working correctly.

Today we will look at another meaning of this expression.

Meaning 2: behaviour that is out of order is annoying because it is not appropriate for a particular situation (informal).

In a formal legal situation (for example, a court of law, a parliament, etc.), out of order describes remarks or actions that do not follow the official rules of the court, parliament, etc. 

Example 1:
Mother: Jason, you are completely out of order. Will you please calm down!
Son: I'm sorry mum. I guess I'm a little excited about my birthday party tomorrow.

Example 2:
The witness's comment was ruled out of order by the judge.

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