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overstep

[oh-ver-step] /ˌoʊ vərˈstɛp/
verb (used with object), overstepped, overstepping.
1.
to go beyond; exceed:
to overstep one's authority.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English oversteppen, Old English ofersteppan. See over-, step
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British Dictionary definitions for overstepped

overstep

/ˌəʊvəˈstɛp/
verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
1.
(transitive) to go beyond (a certain or proper limit)
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Word Origin and History for overstepped

overstep

v.

Old English ofersteppan "to step over or beyond, cross, exceed;" see over- + step (v.). From the beginning used in figurative senses. Related: Overstepped; overstepping.

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