- forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons: The tavern is off-limits to soldiers.
Origin of off-limits
An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
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- not to be entered; out of bounds
- in or into an area forbidden by regulations
Word Origin and History for off limits
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper