encroach

[ en-krohch ]SEE DEFINITION OF encroach

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENCROACH

She thanks you for your indulgence, on which she will not encroach.

The poor fellows have had enough of it; I must not encroach on the entire holiday.

But let us proceed quietly, and not encroach upon future events.

He made no attempt to encroach upon the sovereignty of Mary.

And now I will encroach no longer on your time or good nature, Richard.

He did not intend to permit the others to encroach on any of his territory.

It will be said, that this court may encroach on the jurisdiction of the State courts.

The question with the North was, how far could it yield; with the South, how far could it encroach.

She marked a line where the light of duty should not encroach on the light of our human desires.

Or do you apprehend that I meant to encroach on your liberties?

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "acquire, get," from Old French encrochier "seize, fasten on, hang on (to), cling (to); hang up, suspend," literally "to catch with a hook," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). Meaning "seize wrongfully" is from c.1400. Sense of "trespass" is first recorded 1530s. Related: Encroached; encroaches; encroaching.

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