Where does the expression “to draw the line” come from and What does it mean?

The expression “to draw the line” means: To reach one’s limit; especially, to fix a definite limit of procedure beyond which one refuses to go.

Although now figurative, the line that was drawn was originally actual.

It was the cut of a plowshare across the field to indicate the limit of one’s holding, back in the sixteenth century.

where does the expression to draw the line come from and what does it mean
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