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Difference between Toe the line and Tow the line

Toe the line, meaning to conform to stated standards, is the correct expression and is equivalent to toe the mark.

The phrase refers to two things: the starting mark in a foot race (the runners must toe the line), and the center line in a boxing ring where boxers stand and go toe to toe.

  • Pressure is building on the other companies to toe the line on the new environmental regulations.