cross the line

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cross the line

1. Of an action, to cross some threshold into unacceptable or inappropriate behavior. Speaking that rudely to your teacher definitely crosses the line.
2. To misbehave or do something unacceptable or inappropriate. When you spoke that rudely to your teacher, you definitely crossed the line.
See also: cross, line

cross the line

COMMON
1. If someone crosses the line, they start behaving in an unacceptable or offensive way. The show's pretty outrageous, but I don't think it crosses the line. There was no reason to bring our families into it. That's crossing the line.
2. If someone or something crosses the line, they go from one situation or activity to another more extreme one. They could easily cross the line from civil disobedience to violence. Congress and the public were not informed about the decision to cross the line from defense to preparation for war. Note: The `line' in this expression may refer to boxing matches in the past, when a line was drawn on the ground which neither boxer could cross. `Draw the line' may be based on a similar idea.
See also: cross, line
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Ian Sutherland took first in the Master category (age 50-59) crossing the line at 1:27.
What we have noticed on many campuses is that Jewish students know that much of the accusations made against Israel are abusive and often times are anti-Semitic, but they do not know how to respond," explains Wayne Kopping, director of Crossing the Line.
Athlete Paula Radcliffe was caught on camera stopping to spend a penny by the roadside in last year's marathon, but still went on to win, crossing the line in two hours and 17 minutes.
In the suit filed April 29 against the security guard and Planned Parenthood, the ACLJ contends that Heenan was forcefully shoved to the ground and tackled by the security guard after crossing the line.
Ukraine were denied a goal when match officials failed to spot the ball crossing the line, but Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson praised his team, who came into the tournament as underdogs.
Despite crossing the line nearly five minutes ahead of four-times winner Michelle Holt (Sunderland), Smith missed out by 28 seconds on recording a new course record set by Sheila Allen in 2001.
Ben Jeffries extended their lead with a double try, but the visitors caught Wakefield on the counter-attack, with Mike Wainwright crossing the line but Lee Briersattempted conversion rebounded off a post.
He also didn't eat anything Sunday morning, which contributed to his needing medical assistance after crossing the line.
The suit contends that Heenan was forcefully shoved to the ground and tackled by a security guard after crossing the line.
3km course, was won by Gateshead's Robbie Loraine, who crossed the line four seconds clear of Mark Bunn (Jarrow and Hebburn), with Sunderland's Michael Wilson crossing the line in third place.
But when it comes to our children, when they are on their own at their school, nursery or football school, then it is crossing the line and I don't know what to do.
This is a little boy and, for me, that is crossing the line.
McClaren did not know whether to laugh or cry when the replay revealed the whole of the ball was not even close to crossing the line.
O'Sullivan was fourth, crossing the line in 68:41, one minute and 22 seconds outside the Irish record she set at the same event last year.