overstay(redirected from overstays)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Acronyms.
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.
outstay/overstay your welcome
to stay in a place longer than someone wants you to stay One more cup of tea and then we'll go. We don't want to outstay our welcome!See Join the club!, greet with open arms