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Beyond the limits of what's acceptable or permissible. Primarily heard in UK. 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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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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A hands-on adventurer, Wildman risks his well-being dodging authorities while kayaking the Los Angeles river, joining the crews that operate our nation's naval cruisers and even scaling mountains and monuments in search of our country's and society's untold stories - all of which are off limits to the rest of us.
They contacted Off Limits in July 2010 with a request to take the format to India.
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All the students, teachers and administrators took a long, slow look around the big room that had been off limits to all of them for the last three years.
The American Center for Law and Justice, an international public interest law firm, announced today that a federal court in New York has granted a preliminary injunction clearing the way for a pastor to conduct prayer and grief counseling at a public housing facility - a facility that was placed off limits for prayer and grief counseling following the tragic events of September 11 by the New York City Housing Authority.
Defense sources said, however, Simpson's attorneys likely won't even try to read into the record any of the epithet testimony - the judge has made it clear that's off limits - but will try to use McKinney's testimony about Fuhrman's claims of evidence tampering in non-Simpson cases and a police ``code of silence.
IEW software developed by ActivMedia Robotics will also allow caregivers to label certain destinations for easy access or to make portions of a building off limits.
Proposed new rules would make about 87 percent of the area over the Grand Canyon off limits to air tours.
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He said the Iraqis had fired on allied aircraft six times before announcing Friday night that they would cease challenging the missions in the zone of southern Iraq that the United States and its allies have declared off limits to Iraqi aircraft.
Ceradyne's new microwave absorbing material will allow scientists to experiment in areas that were formerly off limits to them.
The room, which serves as the president's private office, is strictly off limits to photographers - but not to fledgling shutterbug Chelsea Clinton.
Carrying a fleet of tenders and Zodiac crafts, the ship features an 11-foot draft, allowing it to reach areas off limits to larger ships and providing ample opportunities for guests to use the variety of sports gear, including snorkeling equipment, diving gear and windsurf boards.
Glickman's order makes most roadless areas off limits to the salvage logging and limits the cutting to emergency situations.
Parents choose to specify either which Websites their children can visit or which sites are off limits.