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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It's nearly three decades and more than 100 episodes since it began - but the old birds still haven't outstayed their welcome.
Retired actress Leonora Fiske, played by Shirley Anne Field, decides she has had enough of her two unwanted lady guests, who have outstayed their welcome, but her plan to see them off leads to a murder.
Mostly the fines are doled out to drivers who have parked legally but outstayed their welcome and are not causing inconvenience or hazard.
A:IT'S always tough having to tell one of the nearest and dearest that they've outstayed their welcome, but as far as your daughter is concerned that time has come.
But the decision to do another couple of tracks left the audience feeling the lads had outstayed their welcome.
Wooden huts which have outstayed their welcome in schools across the county are to be torn down and replaced with permanent brick facilities as part of a pounds 4 million government-funded project.
HOUSE guests who outstayed their welcome ran up bills worth pounds 66million last year in unpaid rent and damage.
But it's not surprising you got irritated when they outstayed their welcome.