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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Like unwanted house guests who overstay their welcome, old refrigerators can get in the way and drain your resources.
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But I am a believer that managers can overstay their welcome.
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Where vehicles overstay their welcome, preventing others from parking, or cause obstructions, it would be expected that wardens would act in most circumstances for the common good.
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Fines for employing illegal workers and financial bonds to ensure they do not overstay their welcome would do little to tackle the "rogue firms
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New measures to tackle street works were introduced in 2001, and local authorities are now allowed to fine utility companies who overstay their welcome when digging up roads by up to pounds 2,000.
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