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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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
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
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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References in classic literature ?
"You're encroaching on Princess Myakaya's special domain now.
He said the ratio of cutting trees and encroaching on the forest land for the construction of buildings in Murree was damaging tourist attraction in the town.
'There's need to have those who have encroached on them explain how they got title deeds since encroaching on them is like encroaching on a road reserve,' Chumo said on the phone.