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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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Given these findings, the federal bills prohibit the franchisor from encroaching on the franchisee's market area.
Mootnik is raising money to move the center to another location because of encroaching development.
In yet another story line, the Chert, one of the small people who specialize in stonecraft, realizes that the Shadowline is moving, encroaching on the human land.
The pledged to love each other forever; but Conner broke his promise when encroaching press of settlers drove the Indians from their homeland.
Critics accused Barton of encroaching on the separation between church and state and of asking pastors to risk the tax-exempt status of their churches by becoming political.
state of Delaware--to the encroaching Sahara Desert each year.
The proposition of an Academy encroaching on Newsham Park is as offensive to the people of Tuebrook and surrounding areas as is the building of a stadium on Stanley Park to many thousands of people in Anfield.
I suspect that what's really been studied here is the tendency in life for healthier people to feel more optimistic about their encroaching age than do those poor souls who feel the early creaking and malaise of a variety of insidious diseases.
United we stand a nation at war with itself to rule the world the land of the free must first be won people becoming one unknowingly with the encroaching darkness world mourning taken in terror fear the weapon of choice in a war with social control the goal set up to take the towers down war on sold-out citizens for one turban plant the stars and stripes own the oil disguising a war on people as a war on plants it's all about the oil prisons with a factory next door it's about the money poisons the power complacence total control the prize be revolted revolted revolt
This sociolinguistic study investigated the hypothesis that the Indonesian language (IL) is encroaching upon Banjarese Malay (BM), focusing on the fact that these two related languages form a diglossic situation, whereby IL performs the high function and BM performs the low function.
Defensive players are taught to move with the ball, but when asked to focus on lining up correctly and adjusting to motion prior to the snap, they will often begin listening to the QB and encroaching the LOS, and once they have encroached, they will begin mentally holding back to prevent doing it again.
We have tried [everything] but they keep encroaching on our land.
Capital Development Authority (CDA) is apparently carrying out an operation against encroachments in the city, but it has failed to prevent the lawyers from encroaching upon the state land.
MANILA -- Saying that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is encroaching on the Supreme Court's jurisdiction, the country's lawyers have asked the high court to void a new tax regulation requiring self-employed professionals like them to disclose their service fees and client information.