overstep (one's)/its bounds

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overstep (one's)/its bounds

To go further or do more than one should or is permitted. I really feel like you overstepped your bounds when you started criticizing John's ability as a parent. The local city council has overstepped its bounds by imposing this steep new income tax on residents.
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Earlier this month, six Texas Republicans told the commission the proposed rule would overstep its bounds.
Did Facebook overstep its bounds when it ran a secret psychological experiment on a fraction of its users two years ago?
In line with the mandate defined by the European Council in December 2007, the group will also try not to overstep its bounds.
It will try not to overstep its bounds, ie not to mention institutional or budgetary matters, or those relating to the EU's borders.
Unfortunately for states, the federal government continues to overstep its bounds by imposing its will on state governments.
However, the board should be careful not to overstep its bounds by attempting to fill in for management or the outside advisers.