- to go beyond; exceed: to overstep one's authority.
Origin of overstep
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Examples from the Web for overstep
I'd enjoy seeing a trillion dollar coin minted purely for the deservedly righteous indignation such an overstep would create.Why Not Mint a 100 Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin?
January 4, 2013
Will they overstep and abuse their mandate, turning themselves into a perfect foil for a resurgent Barack Obama?Capitol Hill's New Ruling Class
November 3, 2010
There, he sold a number of political caricatures that were careful not to overstep Nazi lines.When Hitler Was a Punchline
May 14, 2011
His praise was as close to fulsome flattery as it could be and not overstep the mark.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
If we overstep the limit this country will get too hot for us.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
And so, if I overstep the usual limits, who will comment on that?The History of Sir Richard Calmady
In this he must use judgment and not overstep their intelligence too far.Great Pianists on Piano Playing
James Francis Cooke
In all this they are perfectly right, if they do not overstep the limits of the sphere of nature.The Critique of Pure Reason
- (tr) to go beyond (a certain or proper limit)
Word Origin and History for overstep
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