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overstress

[oh-ver-stres]
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verb (used with object)
  1. overemphasize.
  2. to subject to excessive stress or strain.
  3. Mechanics. to stress (a metal or other body) to the point of deformation.
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Origin of overstress

First recorded in 1915–20; over- + stress
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • That he should overstress the fall of man and original sin, what wonder?

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  • In times of overstress and strain, the defective organ or organs will manifest their weakness.

  • Of course, rest must be taken, and the overstress which caused the trouble avoided in future.

  • It is difficult to overstress the importance of data from stranded cetaceans.