encroached upon

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Time and feeding had expanded that once romantic form; the black silk waistcoat had become more and more developed; inch by inch had the gold watch-chain beneath it disappeared from within the range of Tupman's vision; and gradually had the capacious chin encroached upon the borders of the white cravat: but the soul of Tupman had known no change --admiration of the fair sex was still its ruling passion.
The Russians have always a ship of war upon this station, and have already encroached upon the Californian boundaries, by taking possession of the port of Bondago, and fortifying it with several guns.
On the sides of this triangle had recently been constructed a parallelogram of considerable size, which encroached upon the street remorselessly, according to the familiar uses of the building of that period.
Thus followed our undoing, for when the seas dried and the green hordes encroached upon us we could do naught but flee.
Their former attitudes and their former silence were once more first encroached upon by Pancks.
And as to the condition on which you hold your advancement in life - namely, that you are not to inquire or discuss to whom you owe it - you may be very sure that it will never be encroached upon, or even approached, by me, or by any one belonging to me."
Strange and unholy shadows encroached upon the moonlight, an ominous quiet filled the place.
Mozzam Ali has also encroached upon the path leading to the stupa which was detected by land and revenue authorities during demarcation carried out during June.
FAISALABAD -- The district administration in collaboration with different departments retrieved a piece of encroached upon state land worth millions near the Qaim Sain shrine on Thursday.
He said that owners of a number of private hospitals, clinics, plazas have encroached upon the state's land with the blessing of the CDA officials while others have grabbed green belts but the city fathers would never move against them.
The encroachment is highest in Uttar Pradesh where 2204.836 acres of defence land has been encroached upon, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik informed the Upper House in a written reply to the question of AAP MP Sushil Kumar Gupta.
The report says these schemes have illegally encroached upon land meant for public spaces, graveyards and parks.