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To fail to obey a rule, law or command - synonyms or related words

cross a line

to go beyond accepted limits or standards of behaviour

break

verb

to fail to obey a rule or law

defy

verb

to refuse to obey someone or something

disobey

verb

to deliberately do the opposite of what someone in authority has told you to do, or deliberately not obey a rule

flout

verb

to deliberately refuse to obey a rule or custom

breach

verb

formal

to break a law, rule, or agreement

contravene

verb

formal

to do something that is not allowed by a rule, law, or agreement

challenge

verb

to refuse to accept someone’s authority

infringe

verb

to break a law, rule, or agreement

offend

verb

formal

to break a law or rule, or to do something against your principles

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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(of a politician) to be able to communicate and connect with ordinary people

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