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Out of step

DEFINITION

Contrary action. Not aligned with others in your group. The phrase implies that you are not thinking or acting like a larger group. Consider a marching band, if someone is out of step it will disrupt the entire assembly’s movement. (Compare to Out of tune or Odd man out.)

“I had to let the new manager go because his ideas were out of step with our company’s core values.”

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