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(ôf-lĭm′ĭts, ŏf-)
Not to be entered or frequented by a designated group: a bar that is off-limits to military personnel.


forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons, as soldiers.
[1950–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - barred to a designated group; "that area is off-limits"
restricted - subject to restriction or subjected to restriction; "of restricted importance"


[ɒfˈlɪmɪts] ADJ
1. (US) (Mil) → prohibido, de acceso prohibido
2. (fig) [activity, substance] → prohibido


[ˌɒfˈlɪmɪts] adj (Am) (Mil) → vietato/a (al personale militare), off-limits inv; (not to be entered) → off-limits
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