cross the Rubicon

cross the Rubicon
v. make a major decision; make a major step or move

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • cross the Rubicon — (figurative) To take a decisive, irrevocable step • • • Main Entry: ↑Rubicon * * * cross the Rubicon phrase to do something extreme that cannot later be changed and whose effects cannot be avoided Thesaurus: to behave in an uncontrolled… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross the Rubicon —    If you cross the Rubicon, you make an irreversible decision or commit to a course of action that cannot be changed.     After careful consideration, he decided to stop teaching and open an art gallery, knowing that he was crossing the Rubicon …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cross the rubicon — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. to make an important or life changing decision; to take a consequential action that will forever change things for better or worse; Julius Caesar s decision to lead his troops across the Rubicon in… …   English dictionary for students

  • cross the Rubicon — verb To make an irreversible decision or to take an action with consequences. He knew that by coming out to his family he would be crossing the Rubicon but he could not live a lie anymore. See Also: the die is cast …   Wiktionary

  • cross the Rubicon — formal to do something which will have very important results, which cannot be changed later. International pressure may be able to prevent the country crossing the Rubicon to authoritarian rule …   New idioms dictionary

  • cross the Rubicon — to do something extreme that cannot later be changed and whose effects cannot be avoided …   English dictionary

  • cross or pass the Rubicon — idi cross or pass the Rubicon, to take a decisive, irrevocable step …   From formal English to slang

  • Rubicon — Ru bi*con, n. (Anc. geog.) A small river which separated Italy from Cisalpine Gaul, the province alloted to Julius C[ae]sar. [1913 Webster] Note: By leading an army across this river, contrary to the prohibition of the civil government at Rome,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rubicon — [ro͞o′bi kän΄] [L Rubico (gen. Rubiconis)] small river in N Italy that formed the boundary between Cisalpine Gaul & the Roman Republic: when Caesar crossed it (49 B.C. ) at the head of his army to march on Rome, he began the civil war with Pompey …   English World dictionary

  • Rubicon — /rooh bi kon /, n. 1. a river in N Italy flowing E into the Adriatic. 15 mi. (24 km) long: in crossing this ancient boundary between Cisalpine Gaul and Italy, to march against Pompey in 49 B.C., Julius Caesar made a major military commitment. 2.… …   Universalium

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