encroach upon


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Verb1.encroach upon - to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate; "This new colleague invades my territory"; "The neighbors intrude on your privacy"
come in, enter, get in, go in, go into, move into, get into - to come or go into; "the boat entered an area of shallow marshes"
foray into, raid - enter someone else's territory and take spoils; "The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly"
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Mugambi built a fire and cooked his portion of the kill; but Tarzan, Sheeta, and Akut tore theirs, raw, with their sharp teeth, growling among themselves when one ventured to encroach upon the share of another.
Paul, where we all did use to go to touch the ancient chains that bound him and be cured of our distempers; I see the tomb of the disciple Luke, and afar off is the church wherein repose the ashes of the holy John, where the Christians of Ephesus go twice a year to gather the dust from the tomb, which is able to make bodies whole again that are corrupted by disease, and cleanse the soul from sin; but see how the wharves encroach upon the sea, and what multitudes of ships are anchored in the bay; see, also, how the city hath stretched abroad, far over the valley behind Pion, and even unto the walls of Ayassalook; and lo, all the hills are white with palaces and ribbed with colonnades of marble.
The lesson served its purpose--the young apes kept out of his way, as young apes should when their betters were about, and the old bulls made no attempt to encroach upon his prerogatives.
I emerged from a nightmare dream of crystal springs and swollen rivers to listen to this night-drinker that I feared might encroach upon what was mine.
They had entered his jungle but a short time before--the first of their kind to encroach upon the age-old supremacy of the beasts which laired there.
The need for oxygen could not have been so urgent that he must desert the usual means of supply and encroach upon the time of those who are really busier than himself.
"Close liaison is being maintained with revenue and civil police authorities to detect an attempt to encroach upon the defence land by encroachers.
Is it possible to encroach upon any land without the help of the authorities?
No authority exercised vigilance in the absence of a policy to curb felling of trees, allowing influential individuals to encroach upon cleared out forest land.
He warned shopkeepers and vendors not to encroach upon footpaths otherwise strict action would be taken against them.