overstay (one's) welcome

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overstay (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 overstayed my welcome at the cottage of my father's friend.
2. By extension, to do something that makes one no longer welcome in or at a place. Things were going fine at the dinner meeting until my coworker made a rather off-color joke, at which point it seemed that we'd overstayed our welcome.
See also: overstay, welcome
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When asked about the balance he would seek as a host, he said, "You don't want to overstay your welcome, but don't want to do so little that people don't know you are there.
The 57-year-old, whose side's 1-0 victory contributed to Rangers' UEFA Cup exit this season, said: 'I don't think it's right to overstay your welcome at any club.
You must understand one of the basic tenets of being a guest: Never overstay your welcome.
Take care that you don't come on too strong when you're talking as she could find this intimidating, and don't overstay your welcome, especially if she is looking embarrassed or uncomfortable.