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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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.
It's a step in the right direction," said Miriam Sanchez, who was facing a bill of $7,875 for 2,625 square feet of back yard that encroaches on the golf course.