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overstep Line breaks: over|step
Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈstɛp/

Definition of overstep in English:

verb (oversteps, overstepping, overstepped)

Pass beyond or exceed (a limit or standard): you must not overstep your borrowing limit he has overstepped the bounds of acceptable discipline
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  • Last week he turned down a request by the opposition for the convening of parliament in defiance of the president, saying he ‘can not overstep the limits’ of his powers.
  • But the defence still wants some of the items disqualified, claiming that investigators overstepped the limits of the search warrant.
  • In some ways, however, it was the court's majority that was in danger of overstepping the limits of its power.


overstep the mark

Behave in an unacceptable way: he denies that his staff overstepped the mark in lobbying
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  • A democratically elected Government may only go as far in any direction as the public is willing to allow it to go, and it will take the consequences if it oversteps the mark.
  • There are house rules, like not touching the girls, and a security guard has been hired in case any motorist oversteps the mark.
  • Sometimes he does go dangerously close to overstepping the mark as happened at Grace Road last summer when he was reprimanded by the umpires and collected three points under the new disciplinary code.

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