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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 washing your dirty dishes is where I draw the line.
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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 atset 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.
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