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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: trespasser 'to go across, trespass', from tres 'across' (from Latin trans) + passer 'to pass'

trespass

1 verb
     
Related topics: Law
tres‧pass1 [intransitive]
1SCL to go onto someone's private land without their permission
trespass on
She was arrested for trespassing on government property.
2 old useRR to do something wrong [= sin]
trespasser noun [countable]

trespass on something

phrasal verb
to unfairly use more than you should of someone else's time, help etc for your own advantage:
It would be trespassing on their hospitality to accept any more from them.

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