cross the line


: to go beyond what is proper or acceptable
Her criticism crossed the line from helpful to just plain hurtful.
The magazine crossed the line when they printed the nude photos.

Examples of cross the line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In rejecting that argument, Chief Judge Colm F. Connolly found that at least some of the characterizations in the show could cross the line into defamation. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 27 Mar. 2024 The justices are reviewing a lower-court ruling that sharply limited such interactions, and must clarify when government attempts to combat misinformation cross the line from permissible persuasion to unconstitutional coercion. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2024 Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s backhand went off Quick’s left shoulder and down his back, but didn’t cross the line. Joe Reedy, USA TODAY, 21 Jan. 2024 More:Did special counsel cross the line in bashing Biden's memory? David Jackson, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 Should a president have total immunity, even for things that cross the line? Nbc Universal, NBC News, 21 Jan. 2024 However, such views can cross the line into antisemitism. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 This must include guardrails to ensure founders don’t cross the line between high confidence and self-belief, which are key to building true industry leaders, and exaggeration–or even fraud. Raphaelle D’ornano, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 Defending/Promoting Democracy The Sino–Russian partnership and hostility to the liberal international order have led Biden to cross the line of great-power politics and defend democratic values directly. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023

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“Cross the line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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