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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I'd had four years of being relatively successful and had some great memories and it's always good to leave on those terms rather than overstay your welcome.
It's easy to settle into its cosy interior, but if you overstay your welcome you may be chased out by Charlie, the resident ghost, who lives in the cellar.
You must understand one of the basic tenets of being a guest: Never overstay your welcome.
Take care that you don't come on too strong when you're talking as she could find this intimidating, and don't overstay your welcome, especially if she is looking embarrassed or uncomfortable.
The 57-year-old, whose side's 1-0 victory contributed to Rangers' UEFA Cup exit this season, said: 'I don't think it's right to overstay your welcome at any club.