overstep overstep  /ˈoʊ vər ˌstɛp/


  1. (v) pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
  2. (v) be superior or better than some standard


  1. Pelosi made clear to me that she considered Hayden, now Deputy Director of National Intelligence, an honorable man who would not overstep his bounds.
  2. Any overstep will be trumpeted.
  3. But haste to gather foreign exchange to cover a huge trade deficit with Russia led Red China to overstep itself.


  1. Poll: Is NSA data collecting necessary, or did the government overstep?

    It was revealed last week that the National Security Agency has been collecting data about US citizens. Do you think this is necessary for national security, or did the NSA overstep?
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Austin Daily Herald

  2. Get An Inside Look As This Poor Lamborghini Crashes On The Track

    Driving on a track is a lot of fun, but sometimes you overstep the bounds. Like this Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo that takes a wild ride at 150 MPH. The scene is the Misano Circuit in Italy, on a tricky nearly flat out right hander at the end of the straight. The poor little Lambo overcooks it, gets loose, and then hits the walls. Thankfully, it's still drivable. I've actually driven Misano ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Jalopnik

  3. In Which a Secret Intelligence Court Fights Back Against More Secrecy

    The secret court at the center of the National Security Agency surveillance debate has a bit of a reputation. It's supposed to act as a check on the executive, making sure it doesn't overstep its bounds when eavesdropping on terrorism suspects. In reality, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court hardly ever says no to a request. Critics have called the court a "rubber stamp" that obeys the ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News


  1. "What I really enjoy about Steve is the confidence he gives me in the car and the adjustments that he makes," Kurt Busch said. "When we come into the sport, you're going to drive the wheels off anything, and you can overstep the line and...
    on May 31, 2010 By: Kurt Busch Source: FOXNews

  2. "I really did try to sort of sit back and watch practice, but I just kept drifting down to the court more and more," Van Gundy said. "I didn't overstep what those guys were doing, but my voice started to be heard a little more. It's hard to...
    on Jul 9, 2007 By: Stan Van Gundy Source: SI.com

  3. "His notion of a unitary executive, meaning that, in time of war, essentially all power, you know, goes to the executive, I think is dead wrong. I think it was mistaken. I think it caused this administration, in adopting that notion, to overstep its...
    on Dec 21, 2008 By: Joe Biden Source: FOXNews

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