Definition of a bridge too far in English:

a bridge too far

phrase

  • 1A step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take:

    ‘having Botox would be a bridge too far’
    • ‘Of course, for some, that one small step was a bridge too far.’
    • ‘But with 46 consulates in the United States - Canada has just 20-critics say Mexico is building a bridge too far.’
    • ‘Apparently, this group was a bridge too far even for them.’
    • ‘This could be a bridge too far, even in South Korea.’
    • ‘However, Arnhem proved to be a bridge too far, immortalised in the film of the same name.’
    • ‘Many times, he told me, reformers rejected a compromise as a bridge too far.’
    • ‘But the burqa is, in my opinion, a bridge too far.’
    • ‘That may be a bridge too far in US politics.’
    • ‘Community, whether caustic or politely consensual, has an odd knack of seeming a bridge too far.’
    • ‘Threatening physical violence against the host is a bridge too far, it would seem.’
    1. 1.1 Something that is very difficult to achieve:
      ‘that second goal proved a bridge too far’
      • ‘Club fought on valiantly in the second half, but the missing man was always going to prove a bridge too far.’
      • ‘Joyce had little support and an even poorer supply of ball and staging a one-man comeback was a bridge too far for him.’
      • ‘Clearly, that will be a bridge too far for the Kiwi batsmen.’
      • ‘This could easily be a bridge too far for a team currently very much in transition.’
      • ‘The Kyoto Protocol is a bridge too far.’
      • ‘That, I suspect, is a bridge too far for the foreseeable future.’
      • ‘Quite simply last Sunday was a bridge too far without these players on board.’
      • ‘For others, alas, it clearly remains a bridge too far.’
      • ‘Furthermore, its demand that the states give up their formal sovereignty is still "a bridge too far."’
      • ‘In that sense the application was a bridge too far.’