cross the Rubicon meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to cross the Rubicon" idiom?
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Idiom Scenario 1:


Gail is in her last semester of high school.  She has been accepted to attend three different colleges.  Gail has been trying to make a decision for three weeks.  She has looked at the benefits of each college.  She has filled out all the application forms.  Now, Gail must make a decision that will determine how her life will be for the next several years.  When she sends that one application form, there will be no returning to a different decision.
Gail will have crossed the Rubicon when she sends the chosen application.
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Idiom Definition:


"to cross the Rubicon"
to pass a certain point where going back is impossible
 
Synonyms:
certainty, certitude, decidedness, decisive, irrevocable, fated, immutable, irremediable, irreversible, permanent, settled, unalterable
 
 
This ancient Roman soldier is literally crossing the Rubicon. - - - - ->  a view of a river appears, then the word Rubicon labels the river, then an ancient roman soldier marches across the river




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Idiom Scenario 2:


Barbara has been Steve's girlfriend for almost two years.  In that time, she has almost ended the relationship many times.  She knows that they have no future together but Barbara just can not make the decision to end the relationship.  She knows that when...
she crosses the Rubicon, there will be no going back.
Her relationship with Steve will be finished.
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Idiom Usage:

This idiom can be used in any situation where a decision or course of action makes a return to a previous position impossible.
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Crossing the Rubicon  sometimes requires a leap of faith.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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