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encroach on/upon sth

verb uk phrasal verb with encroach   /ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ/ us    /-ˈkroʊtʃ/
to gradually take away someone else's rights, or to take control of someone's time, work, etc.: What the company is proposing encroaches on the rights of individuals. I resent it that my job is starting to encroach on my family life. to gradually cover more and more of an area of land: They have promised that the development will not encroach on public land.
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