Definition of cross a (or the) line in English:

cross a (or the) line


  • Do something that is outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour.

    ‘this article crossed a line and I am disgusted’
    • ‘When a president attacks your life and your family on national television, he has crossed a line that makes it impossible to support him with integrity.’
    • ‘You can decide for yourself if you think he was simply telling the truth or if he crossed a line.’
    • ‘A lot of people felt that this leak crossed a line, which it certainly did.’
    • ‘He assumed our conversation was simply banter and thought I had crossed a line.’
    • ‘There should be a policy in place to deal with those who cross the line.’
    • ‘The judge's ruling in the case should indicate whether police were doing their job or if they crossed the line.’