a river in N Italy flowing E into the Adriatic. 15 miles (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.
cross / pass the Rubicon, to take a decisive, irrevocable step:
Our entry into the war made us cross the Rubicon and abandon isolationism forever.
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
(sometimes not capital) a point of no return
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
cross the Rubicon, pass the Rubicon, to commit oneself irrevocably to some course of action
A river in northern Italy that Julius Caesar crossed with his army, in violation of the orders of the leaders in Rome, who feared his power. A civil war followed, in which Caesar emerged as ruler of Rome. Caesar is supposed to have said, “The die is cast” (referring to a roll of dice), as he crossed the river.
Note: “Crossing the Rubicon” is a general expression for taking a dangerous, decisive, and irreversible step.
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noun, Chemistry. 1. a silver-white, metallic, active element resembling potassium, used in photoelectric cells and radio vacuum tubes. Symbol: Rb; atomic weight: 85.47; atomic number: 37; specific gravity: 1.53 at 20°C. noun 1. a soft highly reactive radioactive element of the alkali metal group; the 16th most abundant element in the earth’s crust (310 parts […]
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