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

1950–55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
And it's the first reserve to place such a large area of open ocean off-limits to commercial fishing.
No musical genre seemed off-limits, from sambas to polkas to blues.
If these types of justifications continue, the implications are that any public area could be made off-limits.
In so doing, it started out by declaring one third of the budget off-limits for spending cuts.
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