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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They should instead cross the line of control and give the enemy pain," the Waar star concluded
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De Sousa said: "The floodlit mile is fine, it's just that when you cross the line you go straight into the dark, which isn't safe for horses or jockeys.
Heath and Schofield followed up some solid displays with a powerful performance in Thursday's K2 200 metres final, starting impressively and maintaining their pace to cross the line in 32.368 seconds.
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Once they cross the line it is about them and the confidence and the qualities they have," said the Reds boss.
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He could not possibly have seen the ball cross the line," said Turner.
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