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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In December, EU countries will cross the Rubicon in defense with a major new initiative on capabilities, security research and force projection.
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.
The world came to our aid in many ways through political support, development programs, technical assistance and, most of all, nurturing the trust and confidence that drove both sides to cross the Rubicon and forge an enduring peace, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said during a press conference in Oslo, Norway, as part of Oslo Forum 2014.
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 them to the checkpoint and watches with envy as the four-legged charges magically sprout winter fur.
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).
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.
September 26 Advancing up the Italian boot, British Eighth Army units cross the Rubicon River.
While the implications of this rising trend are left to the reader, nowhere does the book imply that our combatant commanders are present-day Caesars, about to cross the Rubicon and seize Rome.

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