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trespass upon (something)

1. To enter or intrude on private or restricted land or property. You're trespassing upon private land, son—I suggest you turn around right now, or I'll blast you to pieces! He was sentenced to five years in prison for trespassing upon the military installation.
2. old-fashioned To encroach or infringe upon some aspect of one's life. I'm sick of these reporters trespassing upon our privacy! The horrible things I did in that war have trespassed upon my dreams for years now.
See also: trespass, upon

trespass on (something)

1. To enter or intrude on private or restricted land or property. You're trespassing on my land, son—I suggest you turn around right now, or I'll blast you to pieces! He was sentenced to five years in prison for trespassing on the military installation.
2. old-fashioned To encroach or infringe upon some aspect of one's life. I'm sick of these reporters trespassing on our privacy! The horrible things I did in that war have trespassed on my dreams for years now.
See also: on, trespass

no trespassing

A standard written warning not to enter a particular piece of property. There were a bunch of "No Trespassing" signs at the abandoned factory, but we decided to go inside anyway.
See also: no, trespass

no trespassing

do not enter. (Usually seen on a sign. Not usually spoken.) The sign on the tree said, "No Trespassing." So we didn't go in. The angry farmer chased us out of the field shouting, "Get out! Don't you see the 'No Trespassing' sign?"
See also: no, trespass

trespass (up)on something

to intrude or encroach onto a restricted or private area. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) You had better not trespass upon Mr. Green's land. I wouldn't trespass on that fenced-off land!
See also: on, trespass

trespass on

v.
1. To enter wrongfully onto some land that belongs to another: We don't tolerate hunters who trespass on our property.
2. To infringe on something, such as another's privacy, time, or attention: Do not trespass on their patience by pursuing this matter any further.
See also: on, trespass
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The father confirmed his daughter's statement and claimed to prosecutors: "My daughter claimed to me at first that a man had trespassed into our house and wanted to steal - she claimed that he threatened her with a knife that he picked up from the kitchen.
The limited liability company sued the center, claiming it trespassed on Capitol Lakes land when it developed its lake.
to investigate complaints that Richardson had not only trespassed again, but had fired shots near the Kames property.