a fine line between

if there is a fine line between two things, they seem very similar and it is difficult to see a difference between them

There's a very fine line between personal ambition and ruthlessness.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) fine line between — a fine line between phrase if there is a fine line between two things, they seem very similar and it is difficult to see a difference between them There’s a very fine line between personal ambition and ruthlessness. Thesaurus: similar and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tread a fine line between (something) — tread a fine/thin line between (something) if someone treads a fine line between a good quality and a bad quality, they succeed in having only the good quality. Somehow he manages to tread that fine line between honesty and tactlessness …   New idioms dictionary

  • fine line — noun A difference, albeit vague and difficult to discern. Theres a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot …   Wiktionary

  • tread a thin line between (something) — tread a fine/thin line between (something) if someone treads a fine line between a good quality and a bad quality, they succeed in having only the good quality. Somehow he manages to tread that fine line between honesty and tactlessness …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) fine line — if there is a fine line between one thing and another, they are very similar although the second thing is bad. There s a thin line between courage and foolishness. (often + between) …   New idioms dictionary

  • walk a fine line — walk/tread a fine/thin line idiom to be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake • He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude. Main entry: ↑lineidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • tread a fine line — walk/tread a fine/thin line idiom to be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake • He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude. Main entry: ↑lineidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • walk a thin line between something — walk a thin line (between (something)) to balance two competing ideas or groups. The diplomats knew they had to walk a fine line between the rebel groups and the government …   New idioms dictionary

  • walk a thin line between — walk a thin line (between (something)) to balance two competing ideas or groups. The diplomats knew they had to walk a fine line between the rebel groups and the government …   New idioms dictionary

  • a fine line — a close relationship, not much difference    Sometimes there is a fine line between love and lust …   English idioms

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