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draw a line between (two things)

To clearly separate or create boundaries for two things. If you're going to work closely with your wife, you really need to draw a line between your professional life and your personal life.
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draw a line between

draw the line between something and something else Fig. to separate two things; to distinguish or differentiate between two things. (Also with the.) I draw a line between just bumping into people and actually striking them. It's very hard to draw a line between slamming a door and just closing it loudly.
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draw a line between

Also, draw the line between. Define a limit between two groups, courses of action, or the like. For example, Legally it's important to draw a line between private and public enterprises, or We'll have to draw the line between our department's different jurisdictions. This metaphoric idiom was first recorded in 1793. Also see draw the line at.
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References in classic literature ?
Our greatest danger is that in the great leap from slavery to freedom we may overlook the fact that the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands, and fail to keep in mind that we shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify and glorify common labour and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful.
They should know where to draw the line between formal writing and conversational writing.
Where do you even draw the line between necessity and luxury?
The current state of the law is unsettled with respect to exactly where to draw the line between these competing interests,'' read the report by Chief Deputy City Attorney Richard Llewellyn.
This issue involves how dark we draw the line between the sacred and profane.
You have to draw the line between being friendly and making yourself vulnerable.