overstep the mark/line

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overstep the mark/line

: to go beyond what is proper or allowed by something
  • She warned us not to overstep the mark/line.

Word by Word Definitions

overstep play
  1. : exceed, transgress

mark play
  1. : a boundary land

  2. : a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers

  3. : something (such as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position

  1. : to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of

  2. : to plot the course of : chart

  3. : to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary

  1. : any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver

  2. : a unit of value:

  3. : an old English unit equal to 13s 4d

  1. : an early Jewish Christian traditionally identified as the writer of the Gospel of Mark —called also John Mark

  2. : the second Gospel (see 1gospel 1) in the New Testament — see Bible Table

  3. : a king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristram, and husband of Isolde

line play
  1. : a length of cord or cord-like material: such as

  2. : a comparatively strong slender cord

  3. : clothesline

  1. : to mark or cover with a line or lines

  2. : to depict with lines : draw

  3. : to place or form a line along

  1. : to cover the inner surface of

  2. : to put something in the inside of : fill

  3. : to serve as the lining of


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