cross the line

cross the line

1. to change from being acceptable to being unacceptable I thought the jokes crossed the line and were basically embarrassing.
2. to do something wrong If you steal someone's idea, you have absolutely crossed the line.
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cross the line

if someone crosses the line they start behaving in a way that is not socially acceptable Players had crossed the line by attacking fans on the pitch.
See also: cross, line
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You can trim up to any extent, and be as free and easy as squaws in a wigwam, for this corner is set apart for you ladies and we never cross the line uncle is drawing until we ask leave.
His first and natural impulse was to cross the line lower down, work up again, and, catching his well-wishers from behind, summarily slay them.
Sarah Griffiths, from Leigh Harriers AC, was the first female to cross the line after just 29 minutes 25, and was closely followed by Liverpool Pembrook Sefton Harriers' Kirst Longley, at 29 minutes 33 seconds.
It's a shame because I think it's absolutely in the spirit of the Olympic ideals to cross the line together but if it's not allowed, it's not allowed," he continued.
You cannot cross the line together then because they will still do a photo-finish to see who wins.
Cross the line to TNA Wrestling, the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today.
Fulham's David Healy found himself on the other side of the argument in August - as his effort against Middlesbrough should have stood as it DID cross the line.
But he doesn't cross the line until he meets the parkour-practicing thief's mother.
Other essays focus on current controversies that cross the line between science and politics, such as clashes about intelligent design, the prospect of cloning endangered species, the definition of race, and the origins of homosexuality.
A July court decision found such situations unconstitutionally cross the line between church and state.
After getting away from the field in a few minor breaks, Newton launched a fierce lone attack to cross the line 19 seconds ahead of Ian Wilkinson (Science in Sport) with former winner Matt Bottrill (Racescene CC) third.
The girls get mired in phonetic choppiness on the turgid ballads and tend to yelp on the up-tempo tracks, most of which cross the line from catchy into annoying to begin with.
Free speech dilemma: when does "free speech" cross the line and become disorderly conduct or slander?
The 32-year-old Euskaltel rider overhauled Italian Wladimir Belli, who had earlier made a solo breakaway, to cross the line 54 seconds ahead of the Fasso Bortolo man.
Morris said: "We've worked so hard together for two years and couldn't bear to cross the line ahead of each other so grabbed hands 50m out to go through together.