over·​step | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstep How to pronounce overstep (audio) \
overstepped; overstepping; oversteps

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Examples of overstep in a Sentence

the principal overstepped her authority in ordering everyone to remain in the unheated school
Recent Examples on the Web After she was fired last week, Johnsen said Lynam often tried to overstep his authority and the two had disagreements as a result. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, 15 June 2021 However, some business groups and Republicans are urging the SEC not to overstep its authority by imposing burdensome climate regulation. Matt Egan, CNN, 14 June 2021 Republicans say the legislation would overstep congressional authority. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, 8 May 2021 Under the Communist Party’s top leader, Xi Jinping, China has punished and shamed a series of tycoons who amassed enormous wealth and influence but were seen to overstep their bounds. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 The book’s heroes are a few obscure Kennedy staffers who dramatically overstep their bounds and, without their bosses’ knowledge, throw the Kennedy campaign directly into the fray. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021 Brinkley said Biden will have to be careful about optics and not overstep. Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 Republican attorneys general from six states wrote to the new president, warning him not to overstep his authority. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2021 But first ladies also have to walk a fine line not to overstep their boundaries. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of overstep

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstep. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overstep

: to go beyond what is proper or allowed by (something)


over·​step | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstep How to pronounce overstep (audio) \
overstepped; overstepping

Kids Definition of overstep

: to step over or beyond : exceed She overstepped her authority.


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