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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You can trim up to any extent, and be as free and easy as squaws in a wigwam, for this corner is set apart for you ladies and we never cross the line uncle is drawing until we ask leave.
His first and natural impulse was to cross the line lower down, work up again, and, catching his well-wishers from behind, summarily slay them.
Majka had been part of a breakaway and made the decisive move with six miles remaining to cross the line 27 seconds ahead of Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez, with Nibali and Froome following four seconds further back.
They placed a hoarding on a road with Bumrah's picture and a caption, 'Don't cross the line.
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 started impressively and maintained their pace to cross the line in 32.
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.
But I've also wondered if I didn't cross the line the first time I was in the "hard site" at Abu Ghraib, or the first time I used a stress position, or the first time I told an Iraqi prisoner that he'd never see his family again.
The first to cross the line was Liverpool Harriers' Ben Russell after just 25 minutes and 20 seconds.
Once they cross the line it is about them and the confidence and the qualities they have," said the Reds boss.
Barney Wells, 19, student, said: "It's great for it to be up here and I can't wait for the one millionth finisher to cross the line this year.
FINISHING IN A BLAZE OF GLORY DAREDEVIL runners were all fired up to cross the line in an extreme obstacle race yesterday - by leaping through flames to get to the finish.
The Frenchman battled appalling conditions to cross the line first on his Kawasaki in an opening race which had to be stopped twice following crashes.
But it's the Olympic Games and we have both got to race as hard as we can to see who is the best athlete and who is going to get to cross the line first.
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