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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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She said that recently a person started construction outside main gate of the college by encroaching 14 feet of road shoulder.
(22) They are referred to as "relevant market area (RMA) laws." (23) The purpose of RMA laws is twofold: first, to protect franchisees from the unequal bargaining power of franchisors; (24) and second, to protect existing franchisees from injury due to the establishment of encroaching franchisees.
Realizing this, the Chinese government has launched the world's largest tree planting project in an attempt to stop the encroaching desert.
'I think people are demanding the return of all the land that was indicated by the government, and now they are encroaching on that land.
Summary: Sambhal (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar 31 (ANI): Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of encroaching upon the land of the farmers in Gauriganj in his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi.
ISLAMABAD -- The police on Friday averted a clash between locals of Mehra Beri and a group of people encroaching on their land.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) President Dr Ramesh Kumar on Friday alleged in the Supreme Court (SC) that senior Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah's name was among the suspects accused of encroaching upon Hindu community's land in Sukkur.
The KWSB has stared operation against those encroaching its lands in the city.
The lawyers had been constructing their chambers on the land of the ground since February 2013, but the civic body failed to prevent them from encroaching upon the state land.
He said he had just established a hummock by encroaching a little space but both of the above mentioned persons had destroyed the drainage system for their business purposes and encroached almost half of the road.
If the car was truly encroaching the other lane as what the bystanders allegedly said they witnessed, the damage would have been in the front bumper of the car, not the fender,' David Jr.
Janardhana Reddy is facing a fresh probe by the Lokayukta for allegedly encroaching upon a public road in Bellary to build a palatial bungalow.
Kiugu was suspicious of business people who have built kiosks, groceries, rental houses and shops next to police stations and feared that such people might end up encroaching on police station land.
The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss a crackdown on those illegally encroaching on vacant land, a Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall report on the meeting said.
RAHIM YAR KHAN -- Despite the ongoing anti-encroachment drive by the district administration and the Rahim Yar Khan Municipal Committee (MC), a man has started construction outside the Government Postgraduate College for Women (GPCW), encroaching some parts of the road.