be beyond the pale

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be beyond the pale

To be unacceptable or inappropriate. A "pale" is an area bounded by a fence. Disrupting my class is beyond the pale, young lady—go to the principal's office! Most people would consider stealing to be beyond the pale.
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He added: "All school buses cannot be brand new, but to extend the period for vehicle use like this is beyond the pale as far as I am concerned.
And an elderly woman so scared as to hide in her shed to avoid missiles until her husband could rescue her is beyond the pale.
The proposed six-fold increase in the penalty rate, however, is beyond the pale of good tax policy.
But for Congress to provide a forum for the views of 'ex-gay' ministries is beyond the pale and an insult to millions of Americans.
But according to the city of Redmond, some subjects are so objectionable that speaking about them in public is beyond the pale.
I am not a prude, but gratuitous bad language D especially in the context of a widely broadcast public event D is beyond the pale.
Such mutilation clearly is beyond the pale even in the brutal world of boxing.
Lorraine is a woman of considerable principle and ability and this attack is beyond the pale.
11, 2001--to suggest that any government agency should be blown up, and that the people who work there merit mass destruction is beyond the pale.
It is one thing to skewer a public official because of a difference over policy actions, but to call for a resignation is beyond the pale.