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    Question 'what would be it' =?

    Hello!

    Could you please tell me 'what would be it' means in the following context?

    Dear Bel,
    Throughout my married life, I always said if my husband had an affair that would be it. But when it slaps you in the face, as it did after eight years of marriage, there is a whole picture to consider - most importantly your children.
    Source: the Daily Mail

    BEL MOONEY: How can I ever trust again after so many lies? | Mail Online

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: 'what would be it' =?

    Hi deffodil:)

    That is it = end of story

    In this case: she would get a divorce, seperate...take a decision about her marriage.

    Similar to "that does it". You might know that expression:)

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    Default Re: 'what would be it' =?

    Hello Heidita,

    Thank you for your help. Your explanation is good.

    Is 'That is it' an idiom? I don't find its definition by Google search or my dictionary.

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    Default Re: 'what would be it' =?

    I think it is not listed as an idiom as "that is it" can mean so many different things.

    I would certainly consider it an idiom here.

    When you are angry, disappointed, fed up, "that is it" always means, ok, I've had enough!

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    Default Re: 'what would be it' =?

    I wouldn't call it an idiom.

    In saying "that would be it", the 'it' refers to divorce. There are many actions that could give rise to this condition. She is 'drawing a line in the sand', now that's an idiom.

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    Default Re: 'what would be it' =?

    Thank you very much for your answers, Heidita and Thod.

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    Default Re: 'what would be it' =?

    drawing a line in the sand...very nice, thod:) thanks.

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