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A limit that when passed or exceeded permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment.
[Latin RubicōRubicōn-, , Rubicon, a short river of north-central Italy, the crossing of which by Julius Caesar and his army in 49 bc began a civil war.]
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1. (Historical Terms) a stream in N Italy: in ancient times the boundary between Italy and Cisalpine Gaul. By leading his army across it and marching on Rome in 49 bc, Julius Caesar broke the law that a general might not lead an army out of the province to which he was posted and so committed himself to civil war with the senatorial party
2. (Placename) a stream in N Italy: in ancient times the boundary between Italy and Cisalpine Gaul. By leading his army across it and marching on Rome in 49 bc, Julius Caesar broke the law that a general might not lead an army out of the province to which he was posted and so committed himself to civil war with the senatorial party
3. (sometimes not capital) a point of no return
4. (Card Games) a penalty in piquet by which the score of a player who fails to reach 100 points in six hands is added to his opponent's
5. cross the Rubicon pass the Rubicon to commit oneself irrevocably to some course of action
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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 began a civil war.Idioms:
cross or pass the Rubicon, to take a decisive, irrevocable step.
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|Noun||1.||Rubicon - the boundary in ancient times between Italy and Gaul; Caesar's crossing it with his army in 49 BC was an act of war|
|2.||Rubicon - a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment|
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