over the line


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over the line

1. Beyond what is considered appropriate or acceptable. I know that it was a heated conversation, but you said a few things that were way too far over the line. I had to throw a few customers out of the bar because they had begun stepping over the line with the staff.
2. Having a successful outcome, but only by a narrow margin. The last-minute goal got Manchester United over the line for a place in the finals.
See also: line, over
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It's a great sign when your side is not playing 100 per cent and still gets over the line.
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.
James Scott top-scored with 51 for Cheshire with George Newton supporting with 32 - but Cheshire could not get over the line, being bowled out for 172 in 45.
When Snowdon fell, Maghull still needed 25 runs, and when Swiers was dismissed three runs short, Walters and John Murphy were left to drag Maghull over the line for a one wicket victory despite Oliver Jump taking 4-59.
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.
Jones was joined by Jenkins with the outcome very much in the balance, but the pair guided the Bay over the line with a clinching 133-9.
Alex Simpson (41) and Matthew Gill (38) top-scored but could not get Durham over the line as they were bowled out in 46.
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.