off-limits

adjective off-lim·its \ ˈȯf-ˈli-məts \
: not to be entered or patronized by a designated class (such as military personnel); also : not to be interfered with, considered, or spoken of
  • the subject of sex was off-limits in her family

First Known Use of off-limits

1945

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off-limits

adjective off-lim·its \ ˈȯf-ˈli-məts \
: not to be entered or used
  • … we had to stay upstairs and the attic was off-limits.
  • —Judy Blume, Sheila the Great

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