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

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Trump’s price-disclosure rule was challenged in court by our friends at Merck, Eli Lilly and Amgen, who argued that the White House was overstepping its bounds and that the companies’ 1st Amendment rights were being violated. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Drug companies say you’d just be ‘confused’ if they included prices in TV ads," 12 July 2019 Fender has put the spotlight on vocals without overstepping into the eardrum stabbing that headphones with less refined, more shouty treble perform. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Fender Ten 5 review: all about that treble," 9 July 2019 Their reasons varied from concerns about overstepping existing state law to a uncertainty about what Elliott was setting out to accomplish. al.com, "How legislation addressing growth impact on schools collapsed in Baldwin County," 16 June 2019 The judge disagreed, ruling that Schmid failed to provide evidence that the city overstepped in removing the statue. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Judge quashes attempt to bring back controversial SF statue," 13 June 2019 Pekau alleges that Joe La Margo, former village manager, overstepped his spending authority in hiring the law firm, which had been paid for a portion of its work but was still owed about $36,000. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park OKs payment of legal bill," 4 June 2019 The questions about Stone's finances have some of his allies claiming that Mueller has overstepped his mandate and is simply looking to take down one of the President's longtime allies. Sara Murray, CNN, "Roger Stone's finances examined by special counsel," 24 May 2018 Kirsten Gillibrand has actively fought against men who overstep boundaries, and, additionally, not groped anyone herself! Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Female Presidential Candidates Are Still Overlooked," 18 Apr. 2019 Hints of what could await Salah if he's perceived to have overstepped his limits already have surfaced during his quarrels with the federation, sometimes in a subtle fashion, sometimes not so much. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Salah must tread carefully if he's to reform soccer in Egypt," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overstep

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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