encroach (up)on (something)

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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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Last time when some people tried to encroach upon shops in the area, a quick response by Shikarpur police not only stopped them but also demolished their shops.
Secondly, the union government cannot encroach upon the power of the state government using this legislation," said Raja.
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.
However, the counsel submitted that in addition to the existence of the mosque and seminary now attempts were being made by the respondent to encroach upon the adjacent portion of the land for a graveyard.
In the suit filed before the civil court, the counsel for Bahria Town contended that the CDA wanted to encroach upon Bahria Enclave's land.
It has become common sight in all the markets in the capital city that shopkeepers encroach upon pavements in front of their shops while vendors set up stalls on roads.
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.
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.
Though the fish selling season is over, they continue to encroach upon this space.
KMC Administrator said on the occasion that the 'land mafia' would not be allowed to encroach upon KMC's lands, buildings, parks and playgrounds.
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.
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 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.