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encroach (ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ)
vb (often foll by on or upon)
1.  to intrude gradually, stealthily, or insidiously upon the rights, property, etc, of another
2.  to advance beyond the usual or proper limits
[C14: from Old French encrochier to seize, literally: fasten upon with hooks, from en-1 + croc hook, of Germanic origin; see crook]

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