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.
See also: encroach, on
References in classic literature ?
Shortly after they passed the summit of the ridge which formed the boundary between the desert and the fertile country, Ska, the vulture, winging his way at a high altitude toward his aerie, caught sight of a strange new bird of gigantic proportions encroaching upon the preserves of his aerial domain.
SIALKOT -- In a drive against encroachments, police on Friday arrested four persons for encroaching upon the government land and public places in different areas of city.
Dr Asim along with others is facing trial in two corruption references for allegedly encroaching upon state land for expansion of his hospital, money laundering, commission through fertiliser cartel and fraudulently awarding contracts of five gas fields to a privately-managed gas processing company.
The CDA tried to stop the lawyers from encroaching upon the playground and issued eviction orders to them.
Earlier, the CDA authorities made a botched attempt to stop the members of legal fraternity from encroaching upon the playground, issuing them the eviction orders.
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.
KUWAIT, June 5 (KUNA) -- A man accused of using offensive language against the state and His Highness the Amir and encroaching upon public order was arrested by Kuwaiti authorities on Friday.
The allegation is that they have been encroaching upon the forests; and so their kotha s (kachcha houses) have become the government's target.
Experts have opined that massive deforestation, poaching and people encroaching upon forest corridors have forced the wild animals to move out of their natural habitat in search of both food and water.
He urged authorities to remove customs restrictions and ease travel procedures without encroaching upon valid regulations.
An ordinary rancher, Claude Bamhill, has vowed to preserve his ancestral lands from the bureaucracy encroaching upon it, but he needs help--and hires a rag-tag turkey hunter and local Indians to form a de facto guard.
Make no mistake, however: Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler Group president and CEO has absolutely no intention on encroaching upon the "premium" category that Mercedes competes in (he's also a board of Management member of DaimlerChrysler AG).
In Ribeirao Preto, the physical boundaries of cities have expanded to incorporate other areas, encroaching upon rural areas with many popular subsidized housing complexes.
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.