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overuse

[verb oh-ver-yooz; noun oh-ver-yoos] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈyuz; noun ˈoʊ vərˈyus/
verb (used with object), overused, overusing.
1.
to use too much or too often:
to overuse an expression.
noun
2.
excessive use:
to strain one's voice through overuse.
Origin of overuse
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; over- + use
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  • And the overused "editorial we" has now passed entirely from the news article.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • The voice will keep, and it will be sweeter and fresher if it is not overused in childhood.

  • His voice was sensitive to liquids, but he overused the word "glorious."

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Also, he comes to know the full meaning of that overused and abused word—service.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Word Origin and History for overused

overuse

n.

also over-use, 1862, from over- + use (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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