[verb oh-ver-strech; noun oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech]
- to stretch excessively.
- to stretch or extend over.
- an act or instance of overstretching.
Origin of overstretch
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Examples from the Web for overstretched
UNRWA, already struggling to serve some 455,000 Palestinian Lebanese, readily admits it is overstretched by this new influx.Syria’s Palestinians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
February 11, 2013
The U.S. faces structural headwinds to growth, undermining job creation and the safe de-levering of overstretched balance sheets.Will We Double-Dip?
August 6, 2011
Irwin said that Ivins had been like an “overstretched rubber band”—the “scariest” patient he had ever treated.
An overstretched United States could be ripe for the plucking by a Russian Army secretly building its strength.My Russian Spy Ring Dream Team
June 30, 2010
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
- 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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- To stretch one's body or muscles to the point of strain or injury.
- To stretch or extend over.
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