out of bounds


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out of bounds

not allowed or approved The judge ruled that the lawyer's questions were out of bounds. Most military bases are totally out of bounds for reporters.
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out of bounds

Beyond established limits, breaking the rules, unreasonable. For example, Calling the teacher a liar-that's out of bounds. This expression alludes to the boundaries of the playing area in numerous sports and to the rules applying to them. Its figurative use dates from the 1940s. [Early 1800s] Also see within bounds.
See also: bound, of, out

out of bounds

1. Sports Outside the boundary of a playing field or court and therefore not in play or legal.
2. In such a way as to violate or exceed acceptable rules or standards, as of decency: felt the guest's behavior was out of bounds.
See also: bound, of, out