[verb oh-ver-strech; noun oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech]

verb (used with object)

to stretch excessively.
to stretch or extend over.


an act or instance of overstretching.

Origin of overstretch

1300–50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch
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  • It has been overstretched in the process so as to measure six feet; it should be about five feet eight inches.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

British Dictionary definitions for overstretched


verb (tr)

to make excessive demands or put excessive pressure on (oneself, finances, etc)
to stretch (muscles or limbs) too much or too hard
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overstretched in Medicine




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