draw the line at doing something


draw the line at doing something
draw the line at (doing something) to decide you will not do something.

I love vampires, but I draw the line at attending some silly Dracula convention.

Where to draw the line on treatment for people who are dying is a decision made by patients, their families and their doctors.

Usage notes: often used to say you will not do something because you think it is wrong:

I'm a loyal employee, but I draw the line when I am asked to do something I think is wrong.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • draw the line at at doing something — draw the ˈline (at sth/at doing sth) idiom to refuse to do sth; to set a limit • I don t mind helping, but I draw the line at doing everything myself. • We would have liked to invite all our relatives, but you have to draw the line somewhere.… …   Useful english dictionary

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