Beyond the pale
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British pronunciation/bɪjˌɒnd ðə pˈeɪl/
American pronunciation/bɪjˌɑːnd ðə pˈeɪl/
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(of a person's words or actions) not according to what is considered acceptable or polite

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beyond the pale definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "beyond the pale" and when to use it?

The idiom "beyond the pale" has its origins in the historical use of the word "pale" to refer to a fence or boundary. Specifically, it refers to the English Pale in Ireland, which was a defined area under English control. It is used when discussing situations or conduct that is believed to be morally, socially, or culturally unacceptable.

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His opinions are entirely beyond the pale.
The language my father used was beyond the pale.
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