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.
See also: encroach, on

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.
See also: encroach, on
References in classic literature ?
They would be obliged to act, and in such a manner as would leave no doubt that they had encroached on the national rights.
Housing projects launched by different government departments were also alleged to have encroached on the forest land at Chattar and Barroha and after years of litigation the forest department won the case and was handed over hundreds of kanals, the DFO told Dawn.
National Environment Complaints Committee Secretary John Chumo yesterday said wetlands have been encroached on, blocked and destroyed.
'There's need to have those who have encroached on them explain how they got title deeds since encroaching on them is like encroaching on a road reserve,' Chumo said on the phone.