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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 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
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Glassman added that the FTC was overstepping its bounds by injecting itself into this matter, citing that it was Congress' job to make the rules, and that executive agencies such as the FTC were simply meant to enforce the rules.
In its simplest terms, the accusation is that Ludlow stole the election with illegal money - which is ironic since everybody else at City Hall rounds up fortunes in campaign money by selling access and paying modest Ethics Commission fines for overstepping the boundaries.
It's disappointing that US consumers must look to other countries for protection from a government they feel is overstepping its investigative authority," said David Sobel, general counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC.
As to Fox's claim that the board might be overstepping its authority by hiring the firm, Rice said of Fox, ``He is not a board attorney.
When Mullinax, at the request of LAUSD board members, decided to take a look at the controversial purchase, Romer blew his stack, complaining that the inspector general was overstepping his bounds.
The city's declaration of ``Abstinence Awareness Week,'' April 20-27, has left some young people incredulous and parents worried that the city is overstepping its bounds into residents' private lives.
continues a long-standing prejudice that when people in the arts, and particularly in Hollywood, address political issues, they are overstepping their bounds,'' she writes.
But an inactive court would also disappear as an important check against executive and legislative overstepping of constitutional powers, an outcome which also threatens the Constitution, just from another direction.
Writing for the 5-4 majority, Justice Antonin Scalia ruled that the 10th Amendment prevents Washington from overstepping its enumerated constitutional powers by conscripting state and local government officials to enforce federal regulations.
How the agency conducts itself with respect to future regulation of tobacco could prove critical as it tries to retain broad powers without overstepping its political bounds.
The USDA, Maynard contends, lacks the experts to deal with facilities like the center and is overstepping its authority.