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off-limits

[awf-lim-its, of-] /ˈɔfˈlɪm ɪts, ˈɒf-/
adjective
1.
forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons:
The tavern is off-limits to soldiers.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism
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off-limits

adj.

"forbidden," by 1881, U.S. military academies jargon, from off (adv.) + limit (n.). Earlier (1857) it was applied to cadets, etc., who were in violation of the limitations on their movement and behavior.

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