over·​set ˌō-vər-ˈset How to pronounce overset (audio)
overset; oversetting

transitive verb

: to disturb mentally or physically : upset
: to turn or tip over : overturn
: to set too much type matter for
overset noun

Examples of overset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That led to the Saints to overset the edge or overrun the ball carrier, creating huge cutback lanes. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 McGovern will often overset shaded defensive linemen, which opens up the inside move for defenders. John Owning, Dallas News, 1 June 2020 Gallimore also flashes an effective spin move to take advantage of offensive linemen who overset to defend his upfield burst. John Owning, Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2020 The edge rush can also set up a counter inside move if the tackle continues to overset – as Curry showed here. Jeff McLane, Philly.com, 26 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of overset was in 1583

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“Overset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overset. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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