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overstep the bounds (of something)

To go further or do more than one should or is permitted. I really feel like you overstepped the bounds when you started criticizing John's ability as a parent. The local city council has overstepped the bounds of its authority in imposing this steep new income tax on its residents.
See also: bound, overstep

overstep (one's)/its mark

To go further or do more than one should or is permitted to do. I really feel like you overstepped your mark when you started criticizing John's ability as a parent. The city council has overstepped its mark in imposing this steep new income tax on its residents.
See also: mark, overstep

overstep (one's)/its bounds

To go further or do more than one should or is permitted. I really feel like you overstepped your bounds when you started criticizing John's ability as a parent. The local city council has overstepped its bounds by imposing this steep new income tax on residents.
See also: bound, overstep

overstep the mark

To go further or do more than one should or is permitted. I really feel like you overstepped the mark when you started criticizing John's ability as a parent. The local city council has overstepped the mark by imposing this steep new income tax on its residents.
See also: mark, overstep

overstep the mark

If you overstep the mark, you offend people by doing something that is considered to be rude or unacceptable. They agreed that by criticising his manager so publicly, Taylor had overstepped the mark. Sometimes newspapers overstep the mark but overall they do more good than harm. Note: The `mark' in this expression may be the line behind which runners stand before the race. Alternatively, it may refer to boxing matches in the past, when a line was drawn in the ground which neither boxer could cross.
See also: mark, overstep

overstep the ˈmark/ˈline

go beyond the limit of what is polite or acceptable: He has really overstepped the mark this time, shouting at the referee like that.
See also: line, mark, overstep
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Why do we speak of brotherhood and the "global village" when it comes to social justice, but the topic of foreign priests oversteps the bounds of polite Catholic conversation?
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Spencer Abraham (R-MI)--might help rein in the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), an agency many providers believe often oversteps its legal bounds.