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verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈjuːz)
to use excessively
noun (ˌəʊvəˈjuːs)
excessive use
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  • Try to find an example of the over-use of unusual words in a speech.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • over-use is not more productive of tissue-degeneration than disuse.

  • It is liable to traumatic affections from a fall on the shoulder, pressure, or over-use of the limb.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The same principles apply to speakers who have broken down, whether owing to bad methods or to over-use of the voice.

  • Strain and over-use of the joint and sudden changes of temperature are to be avoided.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • 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
  • 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
  • It is, moreover, a good deal discredited by over-use and abuse, so that it must be employed with double caution.

Word Origin and History for over-use

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

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