overstep its bounds

overstep its bounds
overstep (your/its) bounds to do more than you are allowed to do or should do.

Many believe that Congress overstepped its bounds in passing this new gun control law.

Some of his colleagues may have overstepped the bounds of good taste.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • overstep your bounds — overstep (your/its) bounds to do more than you are allowed to do or should do. Many believe that Congress overstepped its bounds in passing this new gun control law. Some of his colleagues may have overstepped the bounds of good taste …   New idioms dictionary

  • overstep bounds — overstep (your/its) bounds to do more than you are allowed to do or should do. Many believe that Congress overstepped its bounds in passing this new gun control law. Some of his colleagues may have overstepped the bounds of good taste …   New idioms dictionary

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