[verb oh-ver-stok; noun oh-ver-stok]
- to stock to excess: We are overstocked on this item.
- a stock that is larger than the actual need or demand.
Origin of overstock
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Examples from the Web for overstock
When the price of wool is high, the farmers are too reluctant to sell off their sheep, and thus become liable to an overstock.
But it is not an overstock, for they have all India as a prey.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Not until he had accumulated an overstock of bridge-iron did he think of using iron for the frames of buildings.
I hear the skeptic say: You will overstock the market, and your fruit will not pay the cost of transportation.Florida: Past and present
Samuel Curtis Upham
At times, such is the overstock of importations, that goods are sold at lower prices in Valparaiso than in Europe.
- to hold or supply (a commodity) in excess of requirements
- to run more farm animals on (a piece of land) than it is capable of maintaining
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Word Origin and History for overstock
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