- to draw upon (an account, allowance, etc.) in excess of the balance standing to one's credit or at one's disposal: It was the first time he had ever overdrawn his account.
- to strain, as a bow, by drawing too far.
- to exaggerate in portraying, describing, depicting, or drawing: The author has overdrawn the villain to the point of absurdity.
- to overdraw an account or the like: It ruins one's credit to overdraw frequently at a bank.
- (of a stove, fireplace, etc.) to draw excessively; have too strong an updraft: When the flue overdraws, all the heat goes right up the chimney.
Origin of overdraw
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Examples from the Web for overdraw
I cannot do my work unless I overdraw my current health account.Civics and Health
William H. Allen
But when I overdraw I always threaten to transfer my account.Daisy's Aunt
E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
So long as he does not overdraw his account, we are bound to honour his cheques.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
The abuse of overdraw checks cannot be too severely reprobated.Riding and Driving
Edward L. Anderson
It also certainly in his later years led him to overdraw them.Life and Letters of Robert Browning
Mrs. Sutherland Orr
- to draw on (a bank account) in excess of the credit balance
- (tr) to strain or pull (a bow) too far
- (tr) to exaggerate in describing or telling
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Word Origin and History for overdraw
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