overstay (one's) welcome

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overstay (one's) welcome

1. To remain a guest in a place, especially someone's home, for too long, to the point where the host no longer wishes one to stay. After the cool reception I received at breakfast, it was apparent that I had overstayed my welcome at the cottage of my father's friend.
2. By extension, to do something that makes one no longer welcome in or at a place. Things were going fine at the dinner meeting until my coworker made a rather off-color joke, at which point it seemed that we'd overstayed our welcome.
See also: overstay, welcome
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Lendl said he is careful not to overstay his welcome once the day's work is done.
JOSE MOURINHO told Carlo Ancelotti he must not make his mistake and overstay his welcome at Chelsea.
Lavine's live-in lover, Damien Sewell, came to Britain from Jamaica on a holiday visa but decided to overstay his welcome.
I think that for him - he has said this himself before - he is not going to overstay his welcome.
What he has to do now is leave with his reputation intact and not overstay his welcome.
Mr Mandelson, a close confidante of the Prime Minister, said Mr Blair would not overstay his welcome in No 10.
He says he did not want to go mad or overstay his welcome and that's why he quit and handed in the microphone that he had made his own for so long at the BBC.