outstay (one's) welcome

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outstay (one's) welcome

1. To remain a guest in a place, especially someone's home, for too long, to the point where the host no longer wishes one to stay. After the cool reception I received at breakfast, it was apparent that I had outstayed my welcome at the cottage of my father's friend.
2. By extension, to have one's presence become unwanted in a particular environment. The polls make it clear that this candidate has outstayed her welcome in this primary race. Though wildly popular for a short time, the product simply outstayed its welcome in the market, and can now be found in bargain bins everywhere.
See also: outstay, welcome

outstay your welcome

stay as a visitor longer than you are wanted.
See also: outstay, welcome

outstay/overstay your ˈwelcome

(of a guest) stay too long so that you are no longer welcome: We visited some friends in France, but we didn’t want to overstay our welcome and left after a couple of days.
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"But I am not going to outstay my welcome. Someone else will have to have the chance to have a crack at this," he added.
He said: "I've had the most brilliant, life-changing time, but I don't want to outstay my welcome.
``I've always said that I would never outstay my welcome at Newtown,''he said.``And in recent weeks, a small but voiciferous element at the club has made it clear that they want a change in direction.''
"I've got great memories of this place but I didn't want to outstay my welcome. It's better to quit this way."
Yvette, of Nitshill, Glasgow, said: "I have no criminal record, I didn't intend to outstay my welcome and had no intention of trying to find a job in the States.
"At the same time I wouldn't want to outstay my welcome, and sometimes people can become stale, but I am here for a considerable time in the future."