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interlope

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verb in·ter·lope \ˌin-tər-ˈlōp, ˈin-tər-ˌ\

Definition of interlope

in·ter·lopedin·ter·lop·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to encroach on the rights (as in trade) of others

  3. 2 :  intrude, interfere



Examples of interlope

  1. <regarded the new couple as a pair of interloping parvenus who were sure to upset the town's social hierarchy>



Origin of interlope

probably back-formation from interloper, from inter- + -loper (akin to Middle Dutch lopen to run, Old English hlēapan to leap) — more at leap


First Known Use: 1615


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