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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Andrew Wood was their match winner, his haul of six wickets pulling Vale down for 132 when they looked set for many more, and enabling his side to scramble over the line by the narrowest of margins?.
"It's a great sign when your side is not playing 100 per cent and still gets over the line." Dutch skipper Peter Borren was left disappointed.
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.
The target was reached with 7.4 overs remaining as Cook retired with 52, a second consecutive half-century since taking the captaincy, and Prior (64no) guiding England over the line. There was another failure for Kevin Pietersen though.
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.
But Kane Williamson remained ice-cool with 45 to see his team over the line at 152-9 in 23.1 overs.
Summerskill and Ricordo Gordon smashed 44 in three overs to see Cambridgeshire over the line and leave Northumberland wondering what might have been.
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.
They succeeded in staggering over the line at 138-9 to claim an avenging 20-6 points victory in the gathering gloom, Hantam picking up 4-66 of 19 overs and spin ace Paul Jenkins 4-40 off 15 overs, five of them maidens.
The Quetta academy, in reply, got over the line by making 160-4 in 19.3 overs.
Alex Simpson (41) and Matthew Gill (38) top-scored but could not get Durham over the line as they were bowled out in 46.3 overs - 54 runs short of their target.
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.
Kumail Abbas Jafri then contributed a 66-ball 53 (five boundaries) to enable Zone-IV get over the line at 190-9 in 49.3 overs.
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.
In a game reduced to 38 overs per side, Karachi Whites managed 141 all out in 37 overs before Rawalpindi got over the line by making 144-4 in 36.3 overs.