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
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 concerned authorities are directed that if the public streets are encroached upon, then remove it within 10 days and submit compliance report,' the court ruled.
They angry locals have begun a protest claiming that their properties have been encroached upon.
The director, Syed Arshad Abbas, said in compliance with the apex court's orders passed in November last year, the KDA conducted an exercise to identify, cancel, resume and demolish encroached upon amenity plots in different townships schemes with the utmost diligence and accuracy as possible.
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.
Since the formation of Nagaland in 1963, around 59,000 hectares of Assam land has been allegedly encroached upon by residents of the neighbouring states.
Many of Iraq's archaeological sites have been vandalised and encroached upon in recent decades, but especially in the years following the US-led invasion of 2003.
Talking to Daily Times, a number of visitors criticised the authorities concerned for not taking any action against the shopkeepers, who have encroached upon the corridors and footpaths.
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.
Eleven rangers and volunteers cut back scrub and trees which had encroached upon rare reedbed habitat in the first phase of work on the site owned by Corus steel, and home to Flintshire's only common tern colony.
2 : to go beyond the usual or proper limits <Cities have encroached upon wildlife habitats.
Once an airport is encroached upon it's a dead duck,'' said Supervisor Don Maben, whose district includes Mojave.
For too long this situation has developed until it is now the norm and I know of no other town which permits the sanctity of their Cenotaph to be encroached upon.
Both companies have re-established that competing sales dates should not be encroached upon without prior agreement.
The book covers the negative impact of early 19th century Europeans on the warring Stone Age culture which they encroached upon, the debauchery of the whalers, the appointment of a Lieutenant Governor and events which Ryan refers to as 'a true New Zealand Holocaust' as well as much more about the people involved.