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
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.
See also: encroach, on
References in classic literature ?
You're encroaching on Princess Myakaya's special domain now.
The board also voted to give 21 homeowners, those encroaching on property of limited value, the option of purchasing the public land.
The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board voted Thursday night to give the remaining homeowners, those encroaching on property of limited value, the option of purchasing the public land at a price to be determined.