off limits

off-limits

[awf-lim-its, of-]
adjective
forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons: The tavern is off-limits to soldiers.

Origin:
1950–55, Americanism

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off limits
 
adj
1.  not to be entered; out of bounds
 
adv
2.  in or into an area forbidden by regulations

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off-limits
OED says first attested 1952, in a U.S. military (Korean War) sense, but almost certainly from WWII (cf. Bill Mauldin cartoons), if not WWI.
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