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    Dear teachers,

    Recenty I read the NYT’s article “Chávez Goes Over the Line, and Realizes It” where I noted an interesting expression namely “go over the line”.

    "In doing so, Mr. Chávez displayed a willingness for self-reinvention that has served him well in times of crisis throughout his long political career. Time and again, he has gambled by pushing brash positions and policies, then shifted to a more moderate course when the consequences seemed too dire."

    There are a few different wordings concerning the term “line” in order to reach to the logical explanation of the expression in question.

    draw the line = to impose a restriction; limit
    toe the line or mark = to conform strictly to a rule, command, etc.
    hold the line = to maintain the status quo, esp. in order to forestall unfavorable developments
    on the line = being risked or put in jeopardy; in a vulnerable position
    go over the line = go beyond the limit, overstep the mark

    Would you be kind enough share your opinion concerning my interpretation?

    Thank for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

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    go over the line = go beyond the limit, overstep the mark

    From over the line - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.,
    over the line
    beyond what is accepted. After visiting a number of bars, a handful of navy pilots went completely over the line and were picked up by police.

    Usage notes: often used with step: Mister, you stepped over the line by saying that!

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    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your reasoned explanation.
    Thank you again for your further directions as well as for the helpful link.
    Thank you also for the advisable usage note:
    “Others step over the line and physically batter their children.”

    Regards.

    V.

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