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off limits

Restricted; beyond the limits of what's acceptable or permissible. There was an old, run-down barn behind our house that was always off limits when we were kids—though we snuck into it more times than I can remember! The subject of the divorce is still off limits with Carol. She just doesn't want to discuss it with anyone.
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the sky's the limit

Anything is possible. The sky's the limit for our talented graduates!
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be the (absolute) limit

To be a source of intense aggravation. Oh, I can't listen to that fool any longer—his idiotic questions are the limit!
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the (absolute) limit

A source of intense aggravation or annoyance. Oh, I can't listen to that fool any longer—his idiotic questions are the limit! These forms the HR department makes us fill out are the absolute limit, I'm telling you!
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go the limit

Fig. to do as much as possible; to get as much as possible. Let's plan to do everything we can. Let's go the limit. We'll go the limit. To heck with the cost.
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go to the limit

to do as much as is possible to do. Okay, we can't afford it, but we'll go to the limit. How far shall I go? Shall I go to the limit?
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go whole hog

to do everything possible; to be extravagant. Let's go whole hog. Order steak and lobster. Show some restraint. Don't go whole hog all the time.
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limit someone to something

 
1. to restrict someone to a certain amount or number of something. I will have to limit you to two helpings of mashed potatoes. I limit myself to cola drinks only.
2. to restrict someone to a certain area. Please try to limit your children to your own yard. They limited themselves to the north side of town.
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limit something to something

to restrict something to a limited set, a certain amount, or a specific number of something. Please limit your comments to five minutes. Can you limit your remarks to the subject at hand?
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*out-of-bounds

 
1. Lit. outside the boundaries of the playing area. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; go ~.) The ball went out-of-bounds just at the end of the game. The whistle blew when Juan went out-of-bounds.
2. and *off-limits Fig. forbidden. (*Typically: be ~.) This area is off-limits. You can't go in there. Don't go there. It's out-of-bounds. That kind of behavior is off-limits. Stop it!

The sky's the limit.

Inf. there is no upper limit. I can afford it. The sky's the limit. You can do anything you set your mind to, Billy. The sky's the limit.
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within limits

 and within bounds
up to a certain point; with certain restrictions. You're free to do what you wantwithin limits, of course. You must try to keep behavior at the party within bounds.
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go whole hog

Also, go the limit. Do something completely or thoroughly; proceed as far as possible. For example, Instead of just painting the room, why not go whole hog and redecorate it completely? or Let's go the limit and dig up the entire garden. Although the precise source of whole hog is disputed, this colloquialism was first recorded in 1828 (in Japhet by Frederick Marryat) as go the whole hog. Today the article is usually omitted. Go the limit, also a colloquialism, dates from the mid-1900s. Also see all out.
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sky's the limit, the

There is no limit (to ambition, aspirations, expense, or the like). For example, Order anything you like on the menu-the sky's the limit tonight, or He's so brilliant he can do anything-the sky's the limit. This metaphoric idiom was first recorded in 1920.

the limit

The most extreme; someone or something that irritates, delights, or surprises to the ultimate degree. For example, Hiring and firing someone the same day-that's the limit in employee relations! or That excuse of yours for missing the wedding, that's the limit, or He's done wonders before but this last one is the limit. This idiom uses limit as "the last possible point or boundary." [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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off limits

COMMON
1. If an area is off limits, you are not allowed to go there. The area was kept off limits to foreign journalists until early this year. The ideal is to have one room that's off limits for the kids.
2. If something is off limits, you are not allowed to have it or do it. Of course, smoking was off limits everywhere. Many of the biggest trees in those forests would soon be off limits to the timber industry.
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the sky's the limit

COMMON You say the sky's the limit to mean that someone or something could be extremely successful. `How much are you hoping to make for this charity of yours?' — `Well loads hopefully. I mean the sky's the limit.' Asked how far the young tennis player could go, McEnroe said simply: `The sky's the limit.'
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be the limit

be intolerably troublesome or irritating. informal
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the sky is the limit

there is practically no limit.
1991 Nation He proudly proclaims that today in Russia the sky is the limit to what a person can earn.
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be the (absolute) ˈlimit

(old-fashioned, spoken) be a very annoying person or thing: You’re the limit, Michael. I’ve been waiting for you for over two hours. Where on earth have you been?The trains on this line are the absolute limit. They are never on time.
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within ˈlimits


1 to a certain extent; not completely: ‘Do you support what he says?’ ‘Yes, within limits!’
2 as long as it is reasonable; to a reasonable degree: I will do anything I can to help you, within limits, of course.
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the sky’s the ˈlimit

(spoken, informal) there is no limit or end to something, especially somebody’s success or progress: For an ambitious young woman in this business, the sky’s the limit.
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go the limit

in. to do as much as possible; to get as much as possible. We’ll go the limit. To heck with the cost.
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the sky’s the limit

phr. there is no upper limit. You can do anything you set your mind to, Billy. The sky’s the limit.
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However, if, as explained above, there are claims not limitable under the LLMC, then these persons cannot limit; any more than could the shipowner.
But lest she seem so limitable, Tibullus adds, uniquely,(76) an expansive romantic myth (45-6), `like the blue-eyed(77) Nereid Thetis who once upon a time rode a bridled dolphin to Haemonian Peleus':
Gradually, the open land and its living populations were distributed among the communities, but finally all those externalities which were measurable and limitable were appropriated and divided.
Lusky has clearly been annoyed these many years at what he sees as Hughes's meddling with an elegant and limitable system based only on the need for judicial protection of the political process and minority rights.
The new generation of molecular marking systems are accurate, non limitable and provide final forensic evidence in the field.
140) The United States Supreme Court describes the police power as "one of the most essential of powers, at times the most insistent, and always one of the least limitable of the powers of government.
makes one sit up and take notice"); Halliburton, supra note 14, at 215 ("[T]he President's otherwise plenary authority is limitable only if independence in the position is constitutionally desirable, and only if the limitation does not prohibit removal altogether, but instead retains some version of a 'good cause' provision.
162) The one Justice who would have reached the merits implied that the president did have unilateral abrogation power--but hinted that such power might have been limited (or limitable, if the Court had dared to act) to certain categories of treaties.