from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To go beyond (a limit); exceed: overstepped the bounds of taste.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To go too far beyond (a limit); especially, to cross boundaries or exceed norms or conventions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To step over or beyond; to transgress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To step over or beyond; exceed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
- v. be superior or better than some standard
Ms. Bysiewicz ordered polls to stay open—which some called an overstep of her authority—and called the election for Mr. Malloy, a fellow Democrat, before all the votes were tallied.
The terms overstep a resolution passed by the Bundestag limiting how far she could go in committing Germany to any form of transfer union or pooling of debts.
When I saw a Negro walking down the street I knew what it was like to have people look at you, watch what you're doing, watch close if you 'overstep' the line.
I think grandparents can kind of overstep their boundaries.
AZ didn't "overstep" their authority, they amended it.
A group of private high profile business citizens to advise the government, and make sure the government does not "overstep" their boundaries, and redistribute money to unworthy areas, groups, causes, etc.
"Government shouldn't be raising kids, and we kind of overstep our bounds a lot of the time.
Wide boys and chancers are opportunists who might well overstep slightly the boundaries of the law in order to get the best deal.
Although Beck has freedom of speech, there is the possibility that one day he will overstep the line between free speech and commit incitement to riot or a crime.
They say Congress is authorized to regulate behavior to protect public safety or welfare, but federal lawmakers overstep the constitutional limits of their power when they begin ordering Americans to purchase certain products.