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Out of order

DEFINITION

A.) Broken. No longer working properly. A typical sign hanging from a broken vending machine, for example. (Compare to On the Fritz or Out of whack.)

“I wanted to buy a soda but the dispensing machine was out of order.”

B.) Someone who speaks or acts ‘out of order’ in other words, does not wait his turn.

“When I spoke  up in court, the Judge slammed his gavel and said I was out of order.”

 

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