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overstretch

[verb oh-ver-strech; noun oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ; noun ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ, ˈoʊ vərˌstrɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to stretch excessively.
2.
to stretch or extend over.
noun
3.
an act or instance of overstretching.
Origin of overstretch
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch
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  • It has been overstretched in the process so as to measure six feet; it should be about five feet eight inches.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for overstretched

overstretch

/ˌəʊvəˈstrɛtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make excessive demands or put excessive pressure on (oneself, finances, etc)
2.
to stretch (muscles or limbs) too much or too hard
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overstretched in Medicine

overstretch o·ver·stretch (ō'vər-strěch')
v. o·ver·stretched, o·ver·stretch·ing, o·ver·stretch·es

  1. To stretch one's body or muscles to the point of strain or injury.

  2. To stretch or extend over.

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