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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Our aim is to gain promotion to the Premier Soccer League, we have overstayed our welcome in the National First Division," he said.
Finally we got the keys, but we'd waited so long we'd overstayed our welcome in the car park and had a pounds 30 ticket.