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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

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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
References in classic literature ?
Two hours after quitting the Nautilus we had crossed the line of trees, and a hundred feet above our heads rose the top of the mountain, which cast a shadow on the brilliant irradiation of the opposite slope.
And so in course of time, the devil, who never sleeps and puts everything in confusion, contrived that the love the shepherd bore the shepherdess turned into hatred and ill-will, and the reason, according to evil tongues, was some little jealousy she caused him that crossed the line and trespassed on forbidden ground; and so much did the shepherd hate her from that time forward that, in order to escape from her, he determined to quit the country and go where he should never set eyes on her again.
We were in four degree south latitude and the sun was directly overhead, having crossed the Line a few days before on its journey south.
The young man joyfully agreed, and on the first of April, 1871, crossed the line and became for the remainder of his life an American.
we mustn't forget that the ship had crossed the line and was adding up south latitude every day by then
He said: "I was pretty sure at the time that the ball hadn't crossed the line but what can we do?
IANS Srinagar/New Delhi Indian Army commandos crossed the Line of Control and killed three Pakistani soldiers, penetrating around 200-300 meters on the other side of the de facto border, two days after four Indian soldiers, including a Major, were targeted and killed by Pakistan in cross border firing.
The Foreign Office categorically rejected claims by the Indian media that Indian forces had crossed the Line of Control to attack Pakistani troops.
Froome, bidding to become only the third rider to win La Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year, crossed the line 31 seconds down on the Polish rider.
You would need a camera on every jumps course to detect whether a horse had crossed the line at the precise time the starter pushed the button to release the tape.
It is worth mentioning here that Bumrah got the wicket of Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman when he was playing on just three runs, but the opener got a lifeline as the bowler had crossed the line of the popping crease.
However, Annan boss Jim Chapman was raging that Peter Weatherson's header at 0-0 was ruled not to have crossed the line.
I think they've crossed the line when they start judging who the person is instead of critiquing the person's skill.
MALOLOS -- Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has crossed the line with his joke about an Australian lay missionary who was raped in the 1980s, his rival Sen.
For a time, I said I had crossed the line when I participated in the sleep deprivation of a prisoner in Fallujah.