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encroach (up)on (something)

To approach or cross a literal or figurative boundary. That fool next door totally encroached upon my land when he built his new fence. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to encroach on your authority by assigning work to your interns.
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encroach (up)on someone or something

to infringe or trespass on someone or something; to move into the space belonging to someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I did not mean to encroach upon your property. I need lots of space. Don't encroach on me.
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encroach on

or encroach upon
v.
To advance or extend toward or into something beyond its proper or former limits: The weeds in my neighbor's yard are encroaching on my lawn. At the edge of the village, the desert encroaches upon grassland.
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In his letter to the Prime Minister, Modi described the bill as an attempt to encroach upon the authorities of the state governments and sought wider consultation among the various stakeholders such as the state governments, political parties, police and security agencies etc.
It was a wrong impression that the CDA was not cognisant of the situation, he said and warned the shopkeepers and vendors not to encroach upon footpaths otherwise strict action would be taken against them.
In addition, suppliers are not standing idly by as other technologies encroach upon them.
KMC Administrator said on the occasion that the 'land mafia' would not be allowed to encroach upon KMC's lands, buildings, parks and playgrounds.
By its very nature all power whether in the hands of an individual or in the hands of an institution, he said, has a natural tendency to encroach upon the domain of others.
The audience gets to watch evil encroach upon a man soul.
The Sacramento, California-based Pacific Legal Foundation hailed today's ruling as yet another indication that the Supreme Court is revitalizing the federalist principle that the national government has limited powers and may not unduly encroach upon the domain of state and local governments.
An individual holding some power tends to encroach upon other individuals and likewise institutions also tend to encroach upon the powers of other institutions.
It was a wrong impression that the authorities was not cognizant of the situation, he said and warned the shopkeepers and vendors not to encroach upon the footpaths, otherwise strict action would be taken against them.
As a whole, the project proposal has drawn objections from residents and naturalists from Placerita and Sand Canyon neighborhoods, who fear that residential development will ruin the rural aesthetics of that undeveloped area, create traffic on Placerita Canyon Road and encroach upon wildlife habitat.
However, in several situations over the past few years, permit ordinances have included provisions that exceed the lawful exercise of municipal police powers and encroach upon the area of authority delegated to the Commission by the Legislature under Chapter 237.
It is a common sight in the market of the town that shopkeepers encroach upon pavements in front of their shops while vendors set up stalls on roads, forcing pedestrians to walk in the middle of roads, besides hindering traffic flow.
It is a common sight in almost all markets of the city that shopkeepers encroach upon pavements in front of their shops while vendors set up stalls on roads, forcing pedestrians to walk in the middle of roads, besides hindering traffic flow.
PacSun's plans would encroach upon surrounding habitat far less than what the county plan generally suggests, that is, 712 two-acre, single-family homes, he said at a recent Planning Commission meeting.
In Federalist 17, Hamilton argued that ``it will always be far more easy for the State governments to encroach upon the national authorities than for the national government to encroach upon the State authorities .