Sports. being beyond or passing the limits or boundaries of a field, course, etc., marking the area within which the ball, puck, or the like is legally in play.
further than or beyond established limits, as of behavior or thought.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use out-of-bounds in a sentence
They police activity, smack down out-of-bounds behavior, punish wrongdoers, and generally tamp down volatility.The NFL Referees’ Strike Highlights Larger Truths About the U.S. Economy | Daniel Gross | September 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This "out-of-bounds" passion will of course be recognised as a Romantic trait, though it had Classical suggestions.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 | George Saintsbury
"You can get around that out-of-bounds business without any trouble," he said.Shock Absorber | E.G. von Wald
British Dictionary definitions for out of bounds
(often foll by to) not to be entered (by); barred (to): out of bounds to civilians
outside specified or prescribed limits
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with out-of-bounds
Beyond established limits, breaking the rules, unreasonable. For example, Calling the teacher a liar—that's out of bounds. This expression alludes to the boundaries of the playing area in numerous sports and to the rules applying to them. Its figurative use dates from the 1940s. [Early 1800s] Also see within bounds.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.