out of order


1

Not functioning well, not operating properly or at all, as in The oil burner is out of order again. [Mid-1500s]

2

Unsuitable, inappropriate, as in Her comments about the management were out of order. Also see out of line, def. 1.

3

Not following parliamentary procedure, as in The chair called him out of order.

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