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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
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 CDA has included the ground among the encroached amenity plots a list of which has already been submitted to the apex court and the Islamabad High Court (IHC), he added.
The court found, amongst others, that the Public Protectors recommendations encroached unconstitutionally and irrationally on Parliaments exclusive authority, as she does not have the power to prescribe to Parliament how to exercise its legislative power.
Therefore, the disadvantaged persons, largely those affected by conflict and were formally residence of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country who are affected due to illegal and encroached occupants should make best use of the provisions of this new act to claim title to the encroached and illegally occupied properties and lands lost during conflict period.
Government records show nearly 1,700 bighas or over 1,000 acres of gram sabha land has been encroached upon by locals and the realty mafia.
Similarly, the historical Jahangir Park of Saddar area encroached from all four sides.
According to reports, Nagaland residents have encroached upon 4,000 hectares in the 5,927-hectare Geleky reserve forest in Assam's Sivasagar district.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal to take stringent punitive measures against those who have encroached on government lands and properties.
Mochko police station SHO Rao Farman told Daily Times that two land grabbers namely Sher Khan Mehsud and Gul Zaman Mehsud, had encroached upon 174 of the 428 acres land, marked for cottage industries.
Kathmandu, May 31 -- The Supreme Court on Sunday directed the government to prepare and submit a detailed action plan to bring back 1,849 ropanis of government land encroached upon and used by individuals, who had transferred the land ownership in their names.
1 : to take over the rights or property of another little by little or in secret <The prince encroached on the king's authority.
Fans have encroached onto the Goodison pitch during three games this season, most recently following the last-minute winner against Portsmouth on January 3.
The operation was sold over 20 years ago when, a victim of its own success, it encroached excessively on the time the Cistercians required for prayer and contemplation.
Since its independence from France in 1953, Cambodia has claimed that its borders have been encroached on by its neighboring Thailand and Vietnam, and to a much lesser extent Laos.
The tamarin, indigenous to the Atlantic rainforests of Brazil, was on the brink of extinction in the 1970s, and down to 200 individuals as human settlement encroached on its last habitat.