draw the line


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draw the line (at something)

to set a limit at something; to decide when a limit has been reached. You can make as much noise as you want, but I draw the line at fighting. It's hard to keep young people under control, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
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draw the line

to separate one thing from another It's not clear where this author draws the line between fact and fiction.
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draw the line

to think of or treat one thing as different from another (often + between ) It all depends on your concept of fiction and where you draw the line between fact and fiction. So at what point do we consider the foetus a baby? We've got to draw the line somewhere.
See also: draw, line

draw the line

1. To decide firmly an arbitrary boundary between two things: "Where do you draw the line between your own decisions and those of your superiors?" (Robert Marion).
2. To decide firmly the limit of what one will tolerate or participate in: The officer committed fraud but drew the line at blackmail.
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Draw the Line has performed in Canada, the Caribbean islands, and Honduras, Byrnes said.
But I draw the line at the sort of stuff I heard during the Falkirk game.
This issue involves how dark we draw the line between the sacred and profane.
Congress must draw the line at current programs that already provide ethanol with extremely generous subsidies.
The current state of the law is unsettled with respect to exactly where to draw the line between these competing interests,'' read the report by Chief Deputy City Attorney Richard Llewellyn.
Continued Payner, "In this post-Janet Jackson/Nipplegate world, it is difficult to know where to draw the line with regard to nudity.
We believe that there is so much to see in Philadelphia, that we have to draw the line too.
Why waste any more of the taxpayers' money - and where do we draw the line on which minority group gets a translator and which does not?
It seems tolerance has been elevated to the highest virtue but Susan and Ann Landers would have to admit that there's a point at which they, too, would have to draw the line.