Bridges…

Headline on guardian.co.uk, Feb 7th 2013:

“Scrapping GCSEs a bridge too far, admits Gove
– Michael Gove is abandoning his plans to replace GCSEs with a new English Baccalaureate certificate.”
(Michael Andrew Gove is the Secretary of State for Education, he is a conservative politician.)
What does he mean by “a bridge too far”?
A Bridge Too Far is the title of a 1974 non-fiction book by Cornelius Ryan, which served as inspiration for the 1977 film by the same name, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, and Robert Redford.
Both book and film deal with a failed British operation in WWII, when the British Army attempted to enter German territory at the Dutch town of Arnhem across the river Rhine. Oxforddictionaries.com offers the following definitions:
a bridge too far
a step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take: having Botox would be a bridge too far
something that is very difficult to achieve: that second goal proved a bridge too far
Oxforddictionaries.com lists two more idioms that involve the term bridge:
build bridges –
promote friendly relations between groups: the challenge for all politicians now is to build bridges between communities 
cross that bridge when one comes to it –
deal with a problem when and if it arises.”
And Cambridge Dictionaries Online has one more on offer:
water under the bridge
problems that someone has had in the past that they do not worry about because they happened a long time ago and cannot now be changed: Yes, we did have our disagreements but that’s water under the bridge now.

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