Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being or occurring beyond the designated boundaries, as of the playing area in a sport.
  • adjective Violating acceptable rules or standards, as of behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Sports) outside the delimited playing field.
  • adjective predicate barred to a designated group.
  • adjective Beyond the limits of the expected standard of taste or propriety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb beyond designated limits

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a line that marks the side boundary of a playing field
  • adjective outside the foul lines
  • adjective barred to a designated group

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Examples

  • What Lash now calls out-of-bounds, though, is the extent to which MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell has turned the attack personal.

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  • "Newt Gingrich's attacks are called 'foolish,' 'out-of-bounds' and 'disgusting,' " said a television ad aired by a group backing Mr. Romney now running in South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 21, and Florida, which votes Jan. 31.

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  • The out-of-bounds charge -- that he was being blackmailed, not that he was gay -- was seen as ludicrous in Washington, but Kerry told a colleague, according to a Democrat briefed on the conversation, that the homophobic attacks in South Carolina had driven Graham away.

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  • We both love the game and are thrilled to share a hobby, even when we spend half an hour looking for my out-of-bounds balls!

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  • They went on shopping trips, explored the crowded flower markets, and visited out-of-bounds Chinese restaurants where they sampled the different cuisines—Fukinese, Pekinese, Annamese, Szechuan, and Cantonese.

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  • Two quick completions out-of-bounds and now the Jags were looking at a 59-yard field goal with a slight breeze at the back of Josh Scobee, who had been making kicks from more than 60 in that direction in warmups.

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  • Perhaps it is simply that the litigious nature of North Americans that generally makes such sites out-of-bounds, here.

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  • At no point did CNN anchors ask Democrat guests if the remarks were out-of-bounds.

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  • We both love the game and are thrilled to share a hobby, even when we spend half an hour looking for my out-of-bounds balls!

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