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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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Making these crowded areas off limits to fishermen may affect their numbers, but likely will not alter the overall distribution of fish.
Guests on the show will come from the worlds of sports, entertainment and even politics -- and no subject will be off limits.
Freshman walkons Brian Malette and Jimmy Rotstein were off limits to the media Saturday.
Minimally invasive archaeology can come in handy in areas typically considered off limits, such as battlefields where countries commemorate fallen soldiers.
It has long been an article of faith among the far right that Congress has the ability to tell the federal courts that certain subjects are off limits.
7 million acre) Maya Biosphere Reserve which, according to Guatemalan law, is supposed to be off limits to logging and mining.
WASHINGTON -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is Counsel of Record in one of the pro-life cases argued before the Supreme Court today, said the high court should put an end to this nearly 20-year-old case by once and for all putting the use of a federal statute designed to go after drug dealers and organized crime off limits for use against pro-life demonstrators.
The ban follows an incident in Ottawa on Saturday in which Frost entered an area off limits to fans.
Biologists have petitioned governments to put the critical spawning grounds and nurseries of valued species off limits.
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy historical sites, wildflower preserves and any areas off limits to visitors are also closed to filming, said Dash Stolarz, director of public affairs for the conservancy.
Uncertainty plaguing data on current fishing impacts cannot be used to justify putting off limits on catch size or regulating equipment, she says: "You must err on the side of the fish.
Arctic Refuge -- Panel to debate opening the refuge to drilling and economic benefit versus keeping the refuge off limits to development.
Bands that will be performing include Filthy McNasty, Death Died Trying, Angel City Outcasts, Unrully Youth and Off Limits.
Given that political reality in one of the more environmentally conscious communities in the nation, it seems ludicrous that anyone would suggest converting millions of acres throughout North America not just to open space, but to wilderness off limits to people.
Last week, the coalition released the findings of a new statewide poll that shows 61% of Oregonians are concerned about the expansion of gambling and casinos; 63% are opposed to the Gorge casino plan; 57% believe Indian casinos should be limited to reservation lands; 71% believe approval of a Gorge casino will lead to more casinos off-reservation lands and 63% believe the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area should be off limits to any large scale developments.