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overfish

[oh-ver-fish]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fish (an area) excessively; to exhaust the supply of usable fish in (certain waters): Scientists are concerned that fishing boats may overfish our coastal waters.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to fish so as to deplete the supply of fish in certain waters: If the trawlers are going to overfish here, we'll need legislation to restrict their hauls.
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Origin of overfish

First recorded in 1865–70; over- + fish
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