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overstep the mark

To go further or do more than one should or is permitted. I really feel like you overstepped the mark when you started criticizing John's ability as a parent. The local city council has overstepped the mark by imposing this steep new income tax on its residents.
See also: mark, overstep

overstep the mark

If you overstep the mark, you offend people by doing something that is considered to be rude or unacceptable. They agreed that by criticising his manager so publicly, Taylor had overstepped the mark. Sometimes newspapers overstep the mark but overall they do more good than harm. Note: The `mark' in this expression may be the line behind which runners stand before the race. Alternatively, it may refer to boxing matches in the past, when a line was drawn in the ground which neither boxer could cross.
See also: mark, overstep

overstep the ˈmark/ˈline

go beyond the limit of what is polite or acceptable: He has really overstepped the mark this time, shouting at the referee like that.
See also: line, mark, overstep
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s r, But he said: "At the root (of the rumours) was a sense, which is fair, that I could overstep the line.
But he said: "At the root [of the rumours] was a sense, which is fair, that I could overstep the line.
But Mr Cox added: "At the root [of rumours] was a sense, which is fair, that I could overstep the line.
But he said: "At the root was a sense, which is fair, that I could overstep the line.
If we did overstep the line, the match referee and the on field umpires and the ICC are there to adjudicate that," Bird added.
This game might be played in a different way but hopefully it won't overstep the line.
But I just have to make sure I don't overstep the line with the high stuff.
Only when you overstep the line, and have made a hash of things, it jumps in to save your bacon.
No activities of either side shall overstep the Line of Actual Control," the 1996 agreement stated.
Insurers and reinsurers are very anxious to ensure they don't overstep the line on sanctions.
Hussey said Warne did overstep the line during the Melbourne derby, but added it just shows his will to achieve success for his team.
Everybody across the world knows beyond any doubt that Washington has the tradition of mobilising its huge financial, intelligence, logistic and military resources and facilities to remove maverick heads of state or leaders, who overstep the line and make sure that Washington can't stick its nose into their internal affairs.
That's what we've tried to do here - get really involved in the match, but not overstep the line.
Heated exchanges are part and parcel of political life, but it is imperative that our representatives do not overstep the line.
It is young men like you who overstep the line who are to blame.