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overstep the bounds (of something)

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

overstep (one's)/its mark

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

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.
See also: bound, overstep

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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But the Japanese electronics giant now believes that a different approach has become necessary as the introduction of the euro is now fostering the formation of a unified market that oversteps the limits of national boundaries, Matsushita officials said.
Here the choreographer, following the unrealized plan of Dostoyevski, oversteps the bounds of the novel and goes on with the life story of the adult Alexei, whose boundless love of people helps him to open the horizons of freedom for the most luckless of them.
Bolick outlines in his book the nature of the problem, presents cases -- many that he and his associates have argued -- that illustrate the problem, and describes how to rein in government that oversteps its boundaries.
But what happens if a judge makes a mistake or oversteps his or her bounds?
The lawsuit claims the measure oversteps the power provided to the initiative process and that diverting money from the county would become a gift of public funds, which is prohibited by law.