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verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈjuːz)
to use excessively
noun (ˌəʊvəˈjuːs)
excessive use
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  • Affection of the eye is not unheard of as the result of over-use of earth.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
  • over-use is not more productive of tissue-degeneration than disuse.

  • The same principles apply to speakers who have broken down, whether owing to bad methods or to over-use of the voice.

  • It is, moreover, a good deal discredited by over-use and abuse, so that it must be employed with double caution.

  • Helen's tears had always been a potent weapon—though, from over-use, they were fast losing a measure of their power.

    The Road to Understanding

    Eleanor H. Porter
  • This graft consists in the over-use of therapeutic appliances that are all right in their place when legitimately used.

  • And the secret life of prayer will give a steadiness that will guard against the over-use of one's strength.

    Quiet Talks on Service

    S. D. Gordon
  • Thus it is that over-use, in sports and games, of the muscles of shoulder and chest, occasions atrophy of mammary glands.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction

    Arabella Kenealy
  • Developing creatures should never be allowed to over-use function or faculty.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction

    Arabella Kenealy
Word Origin and History for over-use

1670s, from over- + use (v.). Related: Overused; overusing.

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