overstep the bounds/limits

Definition of overstep the bounds/limits

:to go beyond what is proper or allowed (by something)
  • overstep the bounds/limits of good taste

Word by Word Definitions

overstep play
  1. : exceed, transgress

bound play bounds
  1. : ready

  2. : intending to go : going

  1. : a limiting line : boundary

  2. : something that limits or restrains

  3. : borderland

  1. : past tense and past participle of bind

  1. : to set limits to : confine

  2. : to form a separating line or the boundary of : enclose

  3. : to name the boundaries of

  1. : placed under legal or moral restraint or obligation : obliged

  2. : fastened by or as if by a band : confined

  3. : very likely : sure

  1. : leap, jump

  2. : the action of rebounding : bounce

  1. : to move by leaping

  2. : rebound, bounce

limit play limits
  1. : something that bounds, restrains, or confines

  2. : the utmost extent

  3. : a geographic or political boundary

  1. : to assign certain limits to : prescribe

  2. : to restrict the bounds or limits of

  3. : to curtail or reduce in quantity or extent


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