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impinge (up)on someone or something

to affect or interfere with someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) This will not impinge upon me at all. Will this matter impinge on my policies in any way?
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impinge on

or impinge upon
v.
1. To intrude or encroach upon something: I disagree with this new law because it impinges on my First Amendment rights.
2. To strike or collide with something: Sound waves impinge on the eardrum, causing it to vibrate.
See also: on
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Great care was taken to impinge as lightly as possible on the fabric of the building.
Chris Highley's compelling account of the impact of Ireland on English Renaissance culture from 1580 to 1603 raises questions of race, class, and gender that impinge upon other texts and contexts.
In his flags, targets, and numerals, individual strokes of encaustic are so resolutely physical that, when one mark is superimposed on or set beside another, it doesn't seem to eliminate or even impinge on the other's presence.
Giorgio Chittolini describes these states as pluralistic in that the prince's sovereignty and authority in financial, military, and judicial matters is recognized so long as it does not impinge on the rights and privileges of local social bodies and ruling classes.
The calculations also reveal that the iron atoms soak up a large proportion of the electron waves that impinge on them.
Survey operations have been suspended so as not to impinge on wildlife migrations during the spring period and will recommence on or about June 15th.
Although reconstruction of Nicola Pisano's design, which took the form of a marble sarcophagus sculpted with scenes from Dominic's life and raised on figural supports, is more contested than Moskowitz would have us believe, this is a minor issue that does not fundamentally impinge upon her perceptive exegeses.
This scenario reflects in miniature what happens when electrons impinge on the hundreds or thousands of slits in a diffraction grating, Chang says.
It enables the auditors to track every aspect of financial reporting and all events that might in any way impinge on that process.
So we question the need for another ballot measure that will impinge on the voters' wallets when Mayor Richard Riordan has a plan to fix the sidewalks and install the ramps without sticking taxpayers with the bill.
According to Kohut, as Russell summarizes him, "the fundamental needs the child is seeking to satisfy in its negotiations with its environment have not to do with sex and aggression [as for Freud], but with self-esteem, that is, with its sense of itself as an effective agent in the world, capable of controlling and creatively deflecting the forces which impinge on it" (191).
How the protein's presence in normal cells will impinge on research efforts to stop its activity in cancer cells is unclear, Gottesman says.
It is particularly helpful in minimally invasive surgery where access to the surgical site is limited, and in certain procedures where the knot bundle may impinge upon bone.