over·​han·​dle ˌō-vər-ˈhan-dᵊl How to pronounce overhandle (audio)
overhandled; overhandling

transitive verb

: to handle (something) more than is necessary or desirable
overhandled the dough so that it softened too much
overhandles the puck at least once in each game and costs his team a key goal.Elliott Pap

Examples of overhandle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cooke describes ascendant females tormenting their underlings, obstructing access to water and food, and snatching their babies away only to overhandle and then neglect the infants. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overhandle was in 1860

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“Overhandle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhandle. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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