verb (used with object)
- 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).
- overhand knot,
- overhead camshaft,
- overhead door,
- overhead projector,
- overhead railway
Origin of overhaul
Examples from the Web for overhaul
Dysfunction in the VA scheduling system has been the target of watchdog reports for years—without prompting an overhaul.
The health-care system is broken and in need of an overhaul, not a tune-up.
The achievement system has seen an overhaul, but not for the better.
To overhaul the business model—and the focus—of our fourth estate.A Challenge to New Media Moguls Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Bezos|Alexander Busansky|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Neither the Bastille nor the Beatles could inspire us to overhaul life itself.
Well, you don't give this kind of overhaul for just a plain, short hop upstairs.Danger in Deep Space|Carey Rockwell
But Captain Sands looked pleased at our interest, and said cheerfully that we might overhaul as much as we chose.Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches|Sarah Orne Jewett
All these great artists struck new veins, and to work them were obliged to overhaul the tool-chest.Since Czanne|Clive Bell
Yet with the approach of the vernal equinox I began to overhaul my buckskins.A Volunteer with Pike|Robert Ames Bennet
Her Captain's plan was to gain an important advantage in altitude and continue to overhaul the "Libertad."The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
verb (ˌəʊvəˈhɔːl) (tr)
1620s, from over- + haul (v.); originally nautical, "pull rigging apart for examination," which was done by slackening the rope by hauling in the opposite direction to that in which it is pulled in hoisting. Replaced overhale in sense of "overtake" (1793). Related: Overhauled; overhauling.
1826, from overhaul (v.).