over the line


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over the line

beyond what is accepted After visiting a number of bars, a handful of navy pilots went completely over the line and were picked up by police.
Usage notes: often used with step: Mister, you stepped over the line by saying that!
See also: line
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Chasing 170 to win, the visitors needed 63 off the last five overs only for Pollard, with 47 not out from 25 balls, and J os Buttler, 34 not out from 14, to race over the line and claim a six-wicket win with five balls left.
4 overs remaining as Cook retired with 52, a second consecutive half-century since taking the captaincy, and Prior (64no) guiding England over the line.
Zimbabwe posted a below-par 197 batting first, but Nafees batted with poise and fluency to lead the visitors over the line with six overs to spare.
Park finally got over the line in the 26th over with seven wickets down to move three points from safety The game between Orrell Red Triangle and Colwyn Bay was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Despite 31 from Griffiths, the visitors were in trouble in their response until Williams took centre stage, assisted by an unbeaten 24 from John Crane, as they scrambled over the line on 183-8, Darren Williams pocketing 4-72 and Andy Poynton 3-24 for battling Northop.
Chasing 170 to win, the visitors needed 63 off the last five overs - only for Pollard, with 47 not out from 25 balls, and Jos Buttler, 34 not out from 14, to race over the line and claim a six-wicket win with five balls to spare.