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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A report submitted by Commissioner Rawalpindi reveals that according to official land record, Mozzam had encroached upon the land of the Dharmarajika Stupa.
According to the information given by the MoS for Defence, 21.97 acres of defence land has been encroached upon in Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar - 26.521 acre, Assam - 460.5397 acre, Arunachal Pradesh - 87.8141 acre, Bihar- 478.974 acre, Chhattisgarh - 165.768 acre, Delhi - 111.3013 acre, Goa- 4.264 acre, Gujarat - 164.6238 acre, and Haryana - 538.8215 acre.
Apart from illegal means used by sponsors and owners of these schemes for acquisition of land and fraudulent tactics adopted to attract people, there are also reports that some of these societies have encroached upon government land or the land belonging to different governmental organizations.
RAWALPINDI -- A forensic audit report of 12 housing schemes owned by Rawalpindi Development Authority has revealed that land worth Rs10 billion has been encroached upon by highly influential people.
Authorities in the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) forcibly evicted more than 600 Muslim families from their land in Hojai, saying the families, including Kulsuma's, had encroached upon government land.
JUST what happened to the Kenya Railways plan to repossess their land that was encroached upon in various parts of the country?
On his twitter account, the Prime Minister also posted that they were launching 'our #Plant4Pakistan programme' upon the state retrieved land which was previously encroached upon by the land mafia.
The chief justice also inquired regarding the amount of land allegedly encroached upon.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and some of his ministers have stated that government land worth billions of rupees is either lying unutilised or encroached upon. Immediately after assuming the charge, the premier had vowed to make use of this land.
China published its 'official map' in 2013 with a 'nine-dash line' that demarcates its national boundaries that encroached upon the EEZs of the Philippines and other Spratly claimants, Carpio said.
A major Nullah of this area is badly encroached upon in Urdu Bazaar, Burns Road and Sindh Secretariat area.
The powerful people and gangs encroached upon and succeeded in dozens of concrete buildings in its premises.
A number of lawyers have encroached upon the Multipurpose Sports Ground adjacent to the Sector F-8 lower courts and built their chambers.
'The elephant encroached upon the village in the afternoon,' said Thein Zaw, a local villager whose house was destroyed by the elephant.
Hundreds of shrines in various parts of the country have either been destroyed or encroached upon by the swindlers.