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[verb oh-ver-strech; noun oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ; noun ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ, ˈoʊ vərˌstrɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to stretch excessively.
to stretch or extend over.
an act or instance of overstretching.
Origin of overstretch
1300-50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to make excessive demands or put excessive pressure on (oneself, finances, etc)
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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