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English definition of “offend against sth”

offend against sth

formal phrasal verb with offend     /əˈfend/ verb
to break a rule or principle or not fit well with something that people consider to be correct: Do you suppose it would be offending against good taste to wear a patterned tie with my striped shirt?Unsuitable and unacceptable
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