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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Getting cold feet over show return DESPITE the recent happy reunion, I'm wondering if our middle-aged, middleclass friends are now in serious danger of outstaying their welcome (Cold Feet, ITV, last night).
The duo kept the best until last with Sometimes and whilst they played most of what people wanted to hear, they left the fans wanting more, rather than outstaying their welcome.
REM celebrated their 30th anniversary last year but, according to some critics, they're in danger of outstaying their welcome.
DEVIOUS door-to-door sales staff lie to get a foothold in people's homes, use high-pressure tactics to intimidate them and sometimes even refuse to leave after outstaying their welcome, a Citizens Advice Bureaux study has found.
Equally concise and effective in performance were Walton's Set me as a Seal and Jubilate Deo, making their points while never outstaying their welcome - a persuasive trait not always shared by the other centenarian, French organist and composer Maurice Durufle.
It says callers ``lie'' to get their foot in the door, use high pressure tactics to ``intimidate'' people, and sometimes refuse to leave after outstaying their welcome.