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intrude (up)on (someone or something)

To involve oneself in something in a way that is meddlesome or unwelcome. I really try not to intrude on my kids, even though they think I'm too involved in their lives. I accidentally intruded upon their seminar before it was over, oops. I didn't realize it was three hours long!
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intrude into (something)

To involve oneself in something in a way that is meddlesome or unwelcome. A reflexive pronoun can be used between "intrude" and "into." I make it a point never to intrude myself into other people's personal affairs. Leave it to Mom to try to intrude into your relationship.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

intrude into something

to get involved in something that is someone else's business. I don't want to intrude into your affairs, but I see that you're short of money. Please don't intrude into this matter.
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intrude oneself into something

to work oneself into some matter that is someone else's business. I hate to intrude myself into your conversation, but don't I know you? Please do not intrude yourself into this matter.
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intrude (up)on someone or something

to encroach on someone or something or matters that concern only someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I didn't mean to intrude upon you. Please don't intrude on our meeting. Please wait outside.
See also: intrude, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But these occasions are hugely outnumbered by the frequency of governments and politics intruding on religious-moral affairs.
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He has paid tributes to PAF Eagles for giving a timely and befitting response to the intruding Indian planes adding that nation is proud of PAF and is standing with brave armed forces.
He said timely and effective response from the PAF compelled the intruding aircraft to release payload (four bombs) in haste while escaping, which fell near Jabba village.