cross or pass the Rubicon

cross or pass the Rubicon
idi cross or pass the Rubicon, to take a decisive, irrevocable step

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Rubicon — in phrase to cross (or pass ) the Rubicon take a decisive step, 1620s, a reference to a small stream to the Adriatic on the coast of northern Italy, which in ancient times formed part of the southern boundary of Cisalpine Gaul; crossed by Caesar… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Rubicon — /rooh bi kon /, n. 1. 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 made a major military commitment. 2.… …   Universalium

  • Rubicon — Ru•bi•con [[t]ˈru bɪˌkɒn[/t]] n. geg 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 •… …   From formal English to slang

  • Rubicon — Ru bi*con, n. (Anc. geog.) A small river which separated Italy from Cisalpine Gaul, the province alloted to Julius C[ae]sar. [1913 Webster] Note: By leading an army across this river, contrary to the prohibition of the civil government at Rome,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Rubicon — /ˈrubəkɒn/ (say roohbuhkon) noun 1. the river in northern Italy forming the southern boundary of Caesar s province of Cisalpine Gaul, by crossing which, in 49 BC, he began a civil war with Pompey. Present name, Fiumicino. 2. a boundary or… …  

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