Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a step too far

step too far
Meaning(s)
1) sth that is too extreme
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • the idea/proposition/amendment was a step too far
  • Analysis
     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'.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    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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