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    "Get thin" and "keep distinct"

    "If a comrade was thought to be opportunistic and had personal ambitions, that person could be prone to selling out and maybe even to selling out his comrades. For this reason, the line between personal dislikes and suspicions of treason could get thin, and work was required to keep them distinct." (Claudio Lomnitz, The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón.)

    What does the emphasized phrase mean here?

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    Re: "Get thin" and "keep distinct"

    The second sentence uses the expression: a thin line between X and Y

    We use this expression to say that the demarcation between two distinct categories is not well defined and so it can be difficult to say in which category something falls. The whole sentence is saying that the people involved tried to keep the two categories distinct.

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