cross the Rubicon


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cross the Rubicon

To commit yourself irrevocably to a course of action; from Julius Caesar’s act of crossing the river Rubicon, which meant he was committing his forces to civil war.
Translations
den Rubikon überschreiten
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Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union, a conference organizer, said: It s the role of intellectual property organizations in Africa to push African leaders to understand that there is an entire edifice to build that will allow our youth to cross the Rubicon - to break the glass ceiling and partake in the excitement of the of the inventor, to dare to become the first in their country, in the region and even the first in the world to propose a solution to a social ill.
DEAR Editor, Archbishop Welby's views in a joint letter to MPs expressed a truism that the Assisted Dying Bill would cross the Rubicon if passed.
To what extent he is willing to cross the Rubicon to the point of denying Netanyahu the premiership and crowning one of the members of the other camp, perhaps in rotation -- only he knows.
What is unclear still is the time when he is likely to cross the Rubicon.
When the time comes for the animals to cross the rubicon, Tink helps Fawn (Angela Bartys) to lead the critters to the checkpoint and watches with envy, aware that she and her pals are forbidden from crossing the divide into the kingdom ruled by Lord Milori (Timothy Dalton).
When the time comes for the animals to cross the Rubicon, Tink helps Fawn (Angela Bartys) to lead them to the checkpoint and watches with envy as the four-legged charges magically sprout winter fur.
The expectation is that the rank and file won't memorize everything but they'll get sensitized to it enough so that they understand that if they see something that could be an issue, they'll stop before they cross the Rubicon and bring the issue up with the right people.
If the pope would truly like to cross the Rubicon to the green side, perhaps he should consider canonizing Thomas Berry instead of "bundling popes.

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