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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.
See also: limit, off

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.
See also: limit, off
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Scrivano says certain sites are off limits for obvious reasons, but if female students are preparing for the upcoming prom and want to look for lingerie, the Victoria's Secret Web site is off limits.
Waheed Anwar, proprietor of Turner's, said: "Traders like myself can often find it hard to regulate alcohol sales, particularly when adults are buying on behalf of youngsters, and we are grateful for the support we have received so far from Off Limits and the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership."
Also off limits is information which would endanger the safety or the physical or mental health of another, trade secrets and information which might affect an organisation's commercial interests.
Another 15,000 acres are largely off limits because they are in key watersheds.
Sometimes we enjoy a little political sparring, but there are a few issues that we mutually decide are too hot and therefore off limits. Except for the occasional gibe at my expense, they respect my opinions even if they completely disagree.
Adana is mostly off limits to the thousands of British and American troops and reservists who are pouring into Turkey in preparation for possible war.
Offshore oil drilling is largely off limits and fields in the continental United States are pretty much tapped.
Perhaps some places, like funerals, should be off limits to intellectuals making objectifying remarks about why people do what they do, say what they say, or sing in a certain way.
The Broadcasting Standards Commission said the ``sustained and graphic scenes'' should not have been shown before 9pm, but they stressed the plotline itself was not off limits.
The Bush administration can talk tough about keeping Cuba off limits, but U.S.
The "place based" approach instead places marine wilderness areas off limits to all human meddling, which they believe will in time replenish the rest of the seas.
Evangelism by adults during the school day is still strictly off limits. School officials, while they may have to tolerate groups like the Good News Club, should never be in the business of promoting them or pressuring, coercing or even encouraging youngsters to attend such gatherings.
BETTING on strange overseas meetings while our own racing remains off limits is a cynical trick by the bookies designed to rip you off.
A company defines its own cyber-boundaries that stipulate what areas are off limits to employees.
When a landowner posts his land and doses it to all hunting, that's off limits. When the federal government selects a tract of prime hunting ground and declares it a national park, which ends all hunting there, that's off limits.