a step too far


1. sth that is too extreme






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the idea/proposition/amendment was a step too far

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 If you take something 'a step too far' it means you are crossing a boundary or 'crossing the line' of what is acceptable. This could be taking advantage of something or pushing someone or something to the limit: "Our daily spending limit is generous but some of our employees are taking it a step too far." "I agree with disciplinary action, but I think laying people off is a step too far." This is a phrase you will hear in social and professional contexts. Similar expressions include 'crossing the line' and 'pushing it to the limit'.

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  1. The employee's unexplained absence was a step too far and a meeting with Human Resources was organised. 
  2. The pay cuts were a step too far for the union and they began preparing for a strike. 

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  1. I know that woman is annoying, but calling her names was a step too far.
  2. When I was young I used to only wear green clothes. My parents told me green hair would be a step too far.

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