impinge (up)on (someone or something)

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impinge (up)on (someone or something)

1. To infringe on or interfere with someone or something. Any legislation that impinges upon human rights must be stopped.
2. To make physical contact with something. It feels like something is impinging on my shoulder joint when I try to move it.
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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
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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The belief that more powers in the Assembly would not lead to better democracy but in fact impinge upon it, is shared by both.
Instead of having parking lots around it, it has a good-sized park, but all the residential streets that impinge upon it are very residential and not at all part of the anatomy of the center.
Whether physically shown, or merely muscle and flesh providing the motion for the prosthetic of pen, pencil, or camera, or present through the intensity of an absence, the body and the worldly systems that surround and impinge upon it are the source of endless contemplation.
The imposition of term limits upon the judicial branch at the state level here would similarly not impinge upon its independence.