(redirected from overstepped)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to overstepped: for the most part, overstepped the mark

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 your/its bounds

also overstep the bounds
to do more than you are allowed to do or should do Many believe that Congress overstepped its bounds in passing this new gun control law. Some of his colleagues may have overstepped the bounds of good taste.
See also: bound, overstep

overstep the mark

to upset someone by doing or saying more than you should You overstepped the mark when you shouted at your mother.
See also: mark, overstep
References in periodicals archive ?
This is just another case where the OCC has overstepped its boundaries in favor of expanding banks' authority while limiting state oversight and a competitive landscape," said Stevens.
Unfortunately, there are a number of cases where investigating agencies and other authorities like Comptroller and Auditor General, have overstepped their limits and attempted to convert bona fide executive decisions into either crime of abuse of authority," Chidambaram said while delivering his key note address on building a criminal justice system to deal with financial crime at Golden Jubilee function of CBI.
Hill, who stood at the end where Mohammad Asif overstepped, said that Asif is a dedicated bowler, so he is not sure if it was intentional.
has overstepped its bounds and that it doesn't have the right to force them out.
Summary: While it may be the case that risk appetite has overstepped its bounds, many think the Aussie dollar is a different case.
A spokeswoman said: "We do feel the programme overstepped the mark.
One state, the US, has overstepped its national borders in every way.
It has been reported that the president has overstepped his authority concerning trials for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Now that he has overstepped the mark aren't we just a little bit guilty too?
Has government truly overstepped its bounds or is today's use of eminent domain merely the evolution of a society that is growing and could standing in the way of development stop this growth?
In its decision the court also delivered that Mayor Gavin Newsom overstepped his authority by issuing the licenses.
The basic question, moderated by Court TV's Catherine Crier, was: "Has the Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional authority?
Claiming Congress had overstepped its authority, the court struck down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which mandated that "government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion .
Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon's comments stirred angry criticism by left-wing politicians who said he overstepped his bounds as a military officer.
Since sections 469(c)(2) and (4) specifically state that rental activities are passive, the Treasury secretary overstepped his authority when issuing the self-rental regulations.