draw the line at (something)

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draw the line at (something)

To refuse or decline to do something or take further action. I'm not opposed to cleaning our apartment, but I draw the line at washing your dirty dishes for you.
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draw the line at

Refuse to go any further than, as in I draw the line at giving them more money. This expression alludes to a line drawn at a stopping point of some kind. [Late 1700s]
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draw the (or a) line at

set a limit of what you are willing to do or accept, beyond which you will not go.
1995 Kate Atkinson Behind the Scenes at the Museum She even manages to persuade Gillian not to cheat…although Gillian draws the line at not screaming when she loses.
See also: draw, line
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