...You just about have to be wearing the Patrol's newsprint off-white, pulp-paperback pale yellow and printer's-ink black camo to read a chilling report of one news photographer's treatment in Chicago and find yourself distracted by a comment suggesting the highly-trained men, women and please-don't-tell-me of that teeming, highly advanced metropolis ought to "tow the line."
Umm, no. Tempting though it might be to set the most egregious offenders to hauling in the hawsers and anchor chains that keep the Windy City moored along the lake, a chancre fouling all Illinois, if we'd like them to play by the rules we'd be better off getting them to "toe the line." While I -- in my appalling ignorance -- had long had a mental image of military recruits lining up in rows, toes to the line (or the mark), the Wikipedia article shares an even more apt origin for the phrase.
Another chilling wordwarp that has many of the Patrol reaching for their Sykes-Fairbairn and Ka-Bar knives is "hone in." You could hone right in on that?
No. No you can't and no you don't. You might hone your skills -- or your knife. Or your gardening shears. You home in on some selected goal, literally or figuratively. Yes, you hear "hone in" often. Tough. It is still wrong.
One last reminder: it's still "ask." One might "axe" firewood, or, if Elizabeth Borden, possibly parents. One asks questions. Really. Take it from a career mumbler.
English is a moving target but there's no need to try attaching JATO units.