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(in piquet) an act of winning a game against an opponent whose total score is less than 100, in which case the loser's score is added to rather than subtracted from the winner's.
Score a rubicon against (one's opponent).
Late 19th century: from Rubicon.
1A stream in NE Italy which marked the ancient boundary between Italy and Cisalpine Gaul. Julius Caesar led his army across it into Italy in 49 bc, breaking the law forbidding a general to lead an army out of his province, and so committing himself to war against the Senate and Pompey. The ensuing civil war resulted in victory for Caesar after three years.
- 1.1[as noun]A point of no return.‘on the way to political union we are now crossing the Rubicon’
- ‘Bulgaria is crossing a Rubicon of social change, and is a society learning anew how to live together.’
- ‘Fraser takes this lack of reaction as evidence that a Rubicon has been crossed.’
- ‘More worryingly, was some Rubicon crossed in society when the authority of the courts to dispense justice was usurped to the demands of television?’
- ‘There was a faint feeling of a Rubicon being crossed.’
- ‘However, kids cross a Rubicon at a certain age, when they want to do, not to watch, they want to control, not be controlled.’
- ‘The head of research at a big-time doll maker informs us that a Rubicon has been passed: ‘Dolls are becoming less like toys,’ he says, ‘and more like miniature robots, digital companions.’’
- ‘For Kumble, Adelaide was a Rubicon crossing in more ways than one.’
- ‘There may have been a time in the world's history when such moments fully revealed their gravity, with witches prophesying on a blasted heath of visible Rubicons to be crossed.’
- ‘Much harder and steeper than the Salathé, Mescalito seemed far beyond a Rubicon I would never cross.’
- ‘In my view, the damages that flow from the loss of profits from a secondary bargain lie on the far side of a Rubicon that should not be crossed; reasonable foreseeability takes us only to the shore.’
- 1.1[as noun]A point of no return.
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