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encroach on/upon sth

phrasal verb with encroach uk   /ɪnˈkrəʊtʃ/  us   /-ˈkroʊtʃ/ verb
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 ​familylife. to ​graduallycover more and more of an ​area of ​land: They have ​promised that the ​development will not encroach on ​publicland.
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