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impinge (up)on someone or something

to affect or interfere with someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) This will not impinge upon me at all. Will this matter impinge on my policies in any way?
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impinge on

or impinge upon
v.
1. To intrude or encroach upon something: I disagree with this new law because it impinges on my First Amendment rights.
2. To strike or collide with something: Sound waves impinge on the eardrum, causing it to vibrate.
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So we question the need for another ballot measure that will impinge on the voters' wallets when Mayor Richard Riordan has a plan to fix the sidewalks and install the ramps without sticking taxpayers with the bill.
In his flags, targets, and numerals, individual strokes of encaustic are so resolutely physical that, when one mark is superimposed on or set beside another, it doesn't seem to eliminate or even impinge on the other's presence.
Although reconstruction of Nicola Pisano's design, which took the form of a marble sarcophagus sculpted with scenes from Dominic's life and raised on figural supports, is more contested than Moskowitz would have us believe, this is a minor issue that does not fundamentally impinge upon her perceptive exegeses.
The calculations also reveal that the iron atoms soak up a large proportion of the electron waves that impinge on them.
Survey operations have been suspended so as not to impinge on wildlife migrations during the spring period and will recommence on or about June 15th.
According to Kohut, as Russell summarizes him, "the fundamental needs the child is seeking to satisfy in its negotiations with its environment have not to do with sex and aggression [as for Freud], but with self-esteem, that is, with its sense of itself as an effective agent in the world, capable of controlling and creatively deflecting the forces which impinge on it" (191).
This scenario reflects in miniature what happens when electrons impinge on the hundreds or thousands of slits in a diffraction grating, Chang says.
It enables the auditors to track every aspect of financial reporting and all events that might in any way impinge on that process.
Ricciotti's design revolves around the idea of making the new impinge as lightly as possible on the old, of creating something akin to a theatrical set; and to this end (rather in the SPAB manner) he enlisted two artists, Elizabeth Cresseveur and Josep van Lieshout and architect, Francois Deslaugiers.
The limits, specified in Microsoft's customer-licensing agreements, impinge on Netscape's ability to sell one of its own software products for use with NT Workstation, the letter states.
Other details impinge by degrees: the plain rectangle of water at the entrance, the severe design of changing cubicles with ebony bench and washroom with stone basin, the figures seen from the inside of the shop peering into the chasm from outside and silhouetted against the light, and the discreet lighting that brings out the texture and colour of stone.
Vibiana's Cathedral impinge on the Catholic Church's religious freedoms, preservationists argue in court papers filed Tuesday.
How the protein's presence in normal cells will impinge on research efforts to stop its activity in cancer cells is unclear, Gottesman says.
It is particularly helpful in minimally invasive surgery where access to the surgical site is limited, and in certain procedures where the knot bundle may impinge upon bone.