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draw the line

1. To establish a figurative boundary that someone or some group refuses to cross or beyond which no further advance or compromise is accepted. I don't mind my roommate being a bit messy, but leaving dirty dishes for me to clean up is where I draw the line!
2. To clearly separate or create boundaries for two things. If you're going to work closely with your wife, you really need to draw the line between your professional life and your personal life.
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draw the line (at something)

to set a limit at something; to decide when a limit has been reached. You can make as much noise as you want, but I draw the line at fighting. It's hard to keep young people under control, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
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draw the line

COMMON
1. If someone knows where to draw the line, they know at what point an activity or situation stops being reasonable and starts to be unacceptable. It is difficult for charities to know where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable sources of finance. Where do you draw the line about who the press can and can't investigate?
2. If you draw the line at a particular activity, you would not do it, because you disapprove of it or because it is so extreme. I'll do almost anything — although I think I'd draw the line at running naked across the stage! I have to draw the line somewhere. I refuse to go in for spiritualism. Note: There are several theories about the origin of this expression. It may come from early versions of tennis, in which the court had no fixed size: players agreed their own limits and drew lines accordingly. Alternatively, it may be connected with the 16th century practice of using a plough to cut a line across a field to indicate a boundary between two plots of land. A third possibility is that it refers to boxing matches in the past, when a line was drawn in the ring which neither boxer could cross. `Cross the line' may be based on a similar idea.
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draw the ˈline (at something)

refuse to do or accept something: I don’t mind cooking dinner for you occasionally, but I draw the line at ironing your shirts!He refused to tolerate her lies any longer. The line had to be drawn somewhere.
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draw the line

1. To decide firmly an arbitrary boundary between two things: "Where do you draw the line between your own decisions and those of your superiors?" (Robert Marion).
2. To decide firmly the limit of what one will tolerate or participate in: The officer committed fraud but drew the line at blackmail.
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Wouldn't it be a travesty, frankly, to draw the line in the wrong place?
But we draw the line at banning off-duty police from local lounges.
Ahmanson is arguing that while Washington Mutual's charter allows it to expand savings and loans acquired with government assistance, the OTS should draw the line at the thrift absorbing another thrift twice its size.
Government officials say that converting them to hotels, restaurants or private homes is perfectly fine, though they would probably draw the line at turning them into giant video-game parlors.
You got to draw the line in the sand somewhere,'' the foreman said.
The redistricting process has historically been subject to criticism because state legislators are the ones who draw the lines.
The League has been working in coalition and consulting with the LWVUS on working with the Governor, the legislature and coalition partners to advance the criteria in the state League's position on redistricting: an independent, diverse citizens' commission to draw the lines for congressional, state senate, state assembly and Board of Equalization districts; an open process with information readily available to the public and opportunities for public comment at all stages; fair criteria for drawing district lines; and no provision for "mid-decade redistricting," i.
It is also how we might understand that we, ourselves, who are so prone to draw the lines that violate Jesus' love for the whole world, might even find ourselves on the outside exactly where Jesus waits for us.
Schwarzenegger's measure, Proposition 77 on the November special election ballot, would create a panel of retired judges to draw district lines for congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization seats, rather than have the Legislature draw the lines.