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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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The point about camp performers is that they come very close to the point of overstepping the mark.
Find a time to talk to Kathy and explain that what happened was a mistake and that you bitterly regret overstepping the mark.
JAMIE CARRAGHER has slammed England team-mate Gary Neville for overstepping the mark with his manic goal celebration at Old Trafford.
Rival Peter Stringfellow has openly criticised the clubs for overstepping the mark.
Guti, their ill-disciplined midfielder, is banned after overstepping the mark once too often, and superstar striker Raul is likely to be partnered by a half-fit Fernando Morientes.
To make matters worse for County, promising teenager Derry was given his marching orders for overstepping the mark in protesting that Rivers had used his arm in bundling the ball over the line.