verb (used with object), overstepped, overstepping.
to go beyond; exceed: to overstep one's authority.

before 1000; Middle English oversteppen, Old English ofersteppan. See over-, step

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overstep (ˌəʊvəˈstɛp)
vb , -steps, -stepping, -stepped
(tr) to go beyond (a certain or proper limit)

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O.E. ofersteppan, from ofer "over" + steppan "to step" (see step). From the beginning, used in fig. senses.
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