She knows how to flirt with the red lines

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farhad_persona

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Farsi
Hello,

Does this make sense to you?

As a veteran journalist, she knows how to flirt with the red lines without crossing them.

I mean if I say she knows ho to flirts with the red lines, that already implies she doesn't cross them. Can these two go together?
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    In context, yes, it makes sense. The red lines are the red lines of the editor's pen. The journalist knows exactly how close she can get to having her words struck through,
     

    farhad_persona

    Banned
    Farsi
    In context, yes, it makes sense. The red lines are the red lines of the editor's pen. The journalist knows exactly how close she can get to having her words struck through,
    How about this ? :

    As a veteran politician, she knows how to flirt with the red lines without crossing them.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Thanks for explaining, Farhad. I think both sentences are very well written. :thumbsup: I don't know what you intended, but I'd interpret "red lines" in both areas (journalism and politics) as legal boundaries.

    (In AE, Paul, it's "blue pencil" that signifies editorial changes.)
     
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