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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: encroach, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He said when the government machinery reached o the spot to retrieve this encroached land then he got stayed orders from the court to halt the government operation but he vowed that the government will pursue this case vehemently and will take it to its logic end.
'Sealing the showrooms is quite a harsh action on the part of the government,' he said, adding that no public space had been encroached.
'Sealing showrooms is quite harsh action, as most of us have not encroached any public space', President Showrooms Association Muhammad Nawaz claims.
Some constructions are located on public land and encroached on beaches.
'Those who have encroached upon government land will be sent soft notices,' Abbasi said, adding that those who do not voluntarily vacate the land, will be issued red notices after which the authority will launch a zero-tolerance crackdown to retrieve all encroached government land.
It is pertinent to mention here that a suo motu case regarding houses allegedly built on encroached land in Banigala is being heard in the Supreme Court.
The city authorities have launched an anti-encroachment operation on the orders of the Supreme Court to remove illegal shops, others businesses being run on the illegally encroached state land.
The officials said that currently 21 vacant plots, 257 residential buildings and 6 office buildings have been encroached.
If you don't want your mentality being encroached on, you must not encroach on the mentality of another state.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday demolished a barangay hall in Tondo, Manila that had encroached on the sidewalk.
JURISDICTIONDoes it mean that a public institution like the Kenya Wildlife Service, which manages national marine parks along the shoreline, can extend jurisdiction into the encroached sections of private land where marine life will have migrated?
'The elephant encroached upon the village in the afternoon,' said Thein Zaw, a local villager whose house was destroyed by the elephant.
Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram: (PTI) Embattled Kerala minister Thomas Chandy on Saturday denied the charge that he had encroached upon backwaters in Alappuzha district and rejected demands for his resignation.
Swabi DC Matiullah Khan said area of the two dams cannot be encroached. District administration would act, when authorities of the two dams ask for help against encroachments.
Colombo, June 24 -- The Prescription (Special Provision) Bill which was shelved for a long period have now been revived by the Government to provide relief to the people, who were forced to abandon their properties due to the situation that prevailed in the country from May 1983 to May 2009 and to enable them to claim their titles for their properties due to prescriptive actions of the illegal and encroached occupants.