within bounds

within bounds

To or within an acceptable, reasonable, or appropriate degree or limit. We encourage our employees to socialize with clients, but within bounds. I don't mind if you have a party next door, but please try to keep the noise within bounds.
See also: bound, within

within bounds

Reasonable and allowable, up to a certain point, as in It's all right to play your stereo, but please keep the volume within bounds. Like its antonym, out of bounds, this term originally referred to the boundaries of a playing area of field.
See also: bound, within

within ˈbounds

within acceptable limits; under control: Borrowing money from friends is all right as long as it’s kept within bounds.
See also: bound, within
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"All of these are meant to keep it within bounds. And then with the Chinese now taking their position, it's possible to (impact) business.
'All of this is to ensure to keep within bounds. And with the Chinese now taking the position, it's possible to business that we downsize to an appropriate level that will be supported by the market that is available,' said Sta.
The "containment" policy for Gaza instated by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the previous chief of staff Gady Eisenkot, consisting of tit-for-tat for terror within bounds, has never been a workable strategy since it draws on six misconceptions:
"The [executive board meeting] was called immediately after last Sunday's elections, therefore it is within bounds of the POC policies," said the Tagaytay City legislator in reference to the five-day notice to the board members.
But if I may quote what I previously wrote about this sensitive issue, 'Water shortages worldwide are mournfully distressing signs of our pitiful incompetence to manage ourselves within bounds, or to effectively chart for our indispensable assets essential to our future.'
As long as it remains fun and kept within bounds it's fine, but if it gets out of hand beware.
Created after the 1979 Iranian revolution to defend the Islamic theocracy and to keep the regular armed forces within bounds, the IRGC today is a veritable state within a state.
But the representatives should exercise their authority under Allah's authority within bounds of our constitution.
One could perhaps have justified demonstrations had they remained within bounds of civility and not rampaged life and property and indulged in hate speeches against important pillars of the State.
Maybe it is because, unlike the gregarious Pakistanis, the Indians are trained to keep their cravings within bounds. Or, perhaps because their essential needs were being met through the channel of smuggling, in which our nationals have long indulged with abandon.
But they lead precarious lives, always at risk of being arrested as a warning to others to remain within bounds. Sooner or later, economic pressures will force Turkey to adopt fixes that will stabilize its currency and financial markets.
But if they work within bounds of the constitution and law in the country, they can transform.'
Yes, but within bounds); and his contribution to the break with Rome, no more than some others' (e.g., Thomas Audley, speaker of the house, and much less than that of the king).
That's a 50 per cent success rate, so we're well within bounds," Ellinas said.