off limits


  1. forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons: The tavern is off-limits to soldiers.

adjective (off-limits when prenominal)

  1. not to be entered; out of bounds


  1. in or into an area forbidden by regulations

adj.“forbidden,” by 1881, U.S. military academies jargon, from off (adv.) + limit (n.). Earlier (1857) it was applied to cadets, etc., who were in violation of the limitations on their movement and behavior.

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