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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.
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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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Judge Kramer is entitled to disagree with that wisdom, but he oversteps in calling it irrational.
It is when these state laws discriminate against out-of-state vintners for the benefit of monopoly wholesalers (and at the expense of consumers) that the state oversteps its authority under the 21st Amendment.
Spencer Abraham (R-MI)--might help rein in the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), an agency many providers believe often oversteps its legal bounds.
But the Japanese electronics giant now believes that a different approach has become necessary as the introduction of the euro is now fostering the formation of a unified market that oversteps the limits of national boundaries, Matsushita officials said.
Here the choreographer, following the unrealized plan of Dostoyevski, oversteps the bounds of the novel and goes on with the life story of the adult Alexei, whose boundless love of people helps him to open the horizons of freedom for the most luckless of them.
Bolick outlines in his book the nature of the problem, presents cases -- many that he and his associates have argued -- that illustrate the problem, and describes how to rein in government that oversteps its boundaries.