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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.
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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
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
It was a glorious double for first runner home in the marathon Michael Wright who crossed the line to clinch his second successive Stirling marathon title.
Two J-11 fighter jets from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) crossed the line on Sunday (March 31) at 11 a.m., according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
She crossed the line in the 2.5k wheelchair race in just eight and a half minutes.
But their cause was hardly helped by a Maltese assistant who dubiously ruled the ball had crossed the line for the hosts' opener and an Italian ref who showed red cards to Celtic's Robbie Deas and Rangers' Stephen Kelly.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Oct 25 (ANI): Two Chinese helicopters on September 27 crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC)- the de-facto border between China and India, sources said.
At the finish, he crossed the line in 15th place (67:11), albeit just over seven minutes behind Farah but nevertheless a superb performance against world-class opposition.
Jan Vertonghen headed in St James' Park's first goal of the 2018/19 season after eight minutes of Newcastle's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but it was only awarded after referee Martin Atkinson received a notification to his watch that the ball had in fact crossed the line by 9mm.
Referee Alberto Undiano ruled that~the ball had not crossed the line and waved play on.
The firing by Indian forces in Rakhchikri sector of the Poonch district of Azad Jammu Kashmir had provided a cover for the planting of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by non-state actors, which resulted in the martyrdom of three soldiers, according to an FO statement put out in response to the incident.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.