impinge on/upon

Definition of impinge on/upon

formal
:to affect (something) in a way that is unwanted :to have a bad effect on (something)
  • Her work is impinging on her social life.
  • The government wants to avoid impinging upon the affairs of private citizens.

Word by Word Definitions

impinge play
  1. : to strike or dash especially with a sharp collision

  2. : to have an effect : make an impression

  3. : encroach, infringe

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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