Color-line meaning

A barrier, created by custom, law, or economic differences, separating nonwhite persons from whites.
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The barrier of social, political, and economic restrictions imposed on blacks or other nonwhites.
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cross (or draw) the color line
  • to flout (or impose or honor) the color line
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

cross (<i>or</i> draw) the color line