to make necessary repairs on; restore to serviceable condition: My car was overhauled by an expert mechanic.
to investigate or examine thoroughly for repair or revision: Next year we're going to overhaul the curriculum.
to gain upon, catch up with, or overtake, as in a race.
to haul or turn over for examination.
to slacken (a rope) by hauling in the opposite direction to that in which the rope was drawn taut.
to release the blocks of (a tackle).
Also o·ver·haul·ing. a general examination and repair: The state roads were badly in need of a major overhaul.
- o·ver·haul·er, noun
- un·o·ver·hauled, adjective
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How to use overhaul in a sentence
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Brown seems to believe that this is simply another example of a systemic overhaul.
Other reforms would include a major overhaul of the tax system, particularly equalizing capital gains and income taxes.Class Issues, Not Race, Will Likely Seal the Next Election | Joel Kotkin | September 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Can a radical overhaul salvage this once gripping spectacle?
Without a complete overhaul of the opiate world, he worries it will continue.
Dysfunction in the VA scheduling system has been the target of watchdog reports for years—without prompting an overhaul.
But if a reform party does achieve power, if only for a term, the first thing for it to do is to overhaul the ballot system.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
They knew that we were not many minutes ahead, and trusted to overhaul us before the express train could be safely passed.
However, it was quite true that she could overhaul the Spray—only give her time enough, and provided no accident should happen.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
In pretty good spirits she set to work to overhaul our wardrobe, and prepare everything for packing.In the Wilds of Florida | W.H.G. Kingston
At the pace the pony was going they were able to overhaul the herd in a short time.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
British Dictionary definitions for overhaul
to examine carefully for faults, necessary repairs, etc
to make repairs or adjustments to (a car, machine, etc)
a thorough examination and repair
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