to cause to work too hard, too much, or too long; weary or exhaust with work (often used reflexively): Don't overwork yourself on that new job.
to work up, stir up, or excite excessively: to overwork a mob to the verge of frenzy.
to employ or elaborate to excess: an appeal for sympathy that has been overworked by many speakers.
to work or decorate all over; decorate the surface of: white limestone overworked with inscriptions.
to work too hard, too much, or too long; work to excess: You look as though you've been overworking.
work beyond one's strength or capacity.
extra or excessive work.
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How to use overwork in a sentence
Today’s work schedules, with their combination of “overwork and then no work,” in many ways mirror the conditions that preceded the reforms of the 1930s, Loomis said.
Despite stress, depression, and overwork, women still want to work from home.
One delivery driver recently set himself on fire to protest unpaid wages while at least one other collapsed and died from apparent overwork.How China Is Cracking Down on Its Once Untouchable Tech Titans | Charlie Campbell / Shanghai | May 20, 2021 | Time
One employee claims he was fired for raising concerns about overwork.How China Is Cracking Down on Its Once Untouchable Tech Titans | Charlie Campbell / Shanghai | May 20, 2021 | Time
This should cover everything from the furniture and equipment being used, to factors such as isolation, overwork and a failure to take proper breaks.‘Deskercises to alleviate aches and pains’: Employees’ physical comfort in remote work set-ups crucial, experts say | Jessica Davies | April 29, 2021 | Digiday
By then she had only three years to live, and was becoming frail from overwork.
Chronic starvation, overwork, disease, and freezing temperatures were as effective as the bullet, only slower and crueler.Norman Manea Survived the Nazis and the Communists and Lived to Write About It | Costica Bradatan | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dickens died young, at 58, worn out from overwork, from the sheer strain of being himself.
This is a very dark frame of mind, consequent on overwork and the conclusion of the excruciating Ebb Tide.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Thyrsis came home beaten and crushed, worn out with overwork and worry, his heart black with rage and bitterness and despair.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
It is much more probable that one of the bridges has broken through overwork.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie | George Brenton Laurie
Their lives are a lesson to a generation that fears intellectual overwork.Old-Time Makers of Medicine | James J. Walsh
And we cannot all escape overwork however valiantly we fight our battle with non-essentials.Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
British Dictionary definitions for overwork
(also intr) to work or cause to work too hard or too long
to use too much: to overwork an excuse
to decorate the surface of
to work up
excessive or excessively tiring work
- overworked, adjective
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