- 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; prohibited; forbidden.
- further than or beyond established limits, as of behavior or thought.
Origin of out-of-bounds
First recorded in 1855–60
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