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out-of-bounds

[ out-uhv-boundz ]
/ ˈaʊt əvˈbaʊndz /
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adjective
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.
beyond any established boundaries or prescribed limits; forbidden; prohibited.
further than or beyond established limits, as of behavior or thought.
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Origin of out-of-bounds

First recorded in 1855–60
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British Dictionary definitions for out-of-bounds

out of bounds

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
(often foll by to) not to be entered (by); barred (to)out of bounds to civilians
outside specified or prescribed limits
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Other Idioms and Phrases with out-of-bounds

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.

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