encroach

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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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128) Under these laws, adopted so far by a minority of states, (129) if the franchisor encroaches on the franchisee's market area, the franchisee has a cause of action for monetary damages against the franchisor.
Answering a question on encroached land, he said the department could not start an operation against encroaches until previous auctions were finalized.
He said most of the encroaches re-establish their stalls just after the CDA anti-encroachment operation.
Home owner Miriam Sanchez, who together with her husband, Louis, faces a bill of $6,200 to buy 2,400 square feet of back yard that encroaches on golf course property - a price that includes survey and closing costs - said she is satisfied with the board's decision.
Any way you look at it, it's going to cost us money," lamented Louis Sanchez, who faces a bill of $7,875 plus transaction fees for 2,625 square feet of backyard that encroaches on the golf course.
Hal Cook, whose back yard swimming pool encroaches on the park district property, told board members that he is among homeowners facing a dilemma.