[verb oh-ver-strech; noun oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech]
  1. an act or instance of overstretching.

Origin of overstretch

1300–50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch
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  • I do not overstretch the truth when I say that he liked himself first-rate.

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British Dictionary definitions for overstretch


verb (tr)
  1. to make excessive demands or put excessive pressure on (oneself, finances, etc)
  2. to stretch (muscles or limbs) too much or too hard
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overstretch in Medicine


  1. To stretch one's body or muscles to the point of strain or injury.
  2. To stretch or extend over.
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