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British pronunciation/ˌəʊvəstˈɛp ðə mˈɑːk lˈaɪn/
American pronunciation/ˌoʊvɚstˈɛp ðə mˈɑːɹk lˈaɪn/
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to act in a way that goes beyond the limits of what is allowed or accepted

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to [overstep] the (mark|line) definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "overstep the mark" and when to use it?

The idiom "overstep the mark" finds its origin in the concept of boundaries or markers that define acceptable behavior. It draws from the idea of physical markers or lines, like those in sports or games, which delineate the acceptable limits of play. It is used when individuals go too far in their actions, behavior, or remarks, causing offense, crossing social norms, or violating established rules.

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They overstepped the line in the previous project, causing delays and budget overruns.
He is at risk of overstepping the line if he doesn't exercise restraint in his criticism.
She will likely overstep the mark if she continues to disregard the boundaries set by her superiors.
He realized he had overstepped the line with his prying questions and apologized.
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