cross the line

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cross the line

  1. To cross the equator, as a vessel at sea.
  2. (idiomatic) To overstep a boundary, rule, or limit; to go too far or do something unacceptable.
    I can tolerate a lot, but they really crossed the line when they broke the window.
  3. (cinematography) to film from the opposite side of an imaginary axis on set in order to view the actors from the opposite direction.



Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cross the line in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)