outstay/overstay your 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.
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outstay your welcome

stay as a visitor longer than you are wanted.
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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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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.