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overstock

noun over·stock \ ˈō-vər-ˌstäk \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overstock

plural overstocks
:a surplus of stock :an excessively large inventory of goods
  • Dealers were reminded at the fall Comdex show that they could lose their contracts if they were caught selling their overstock of PCs … to unauthorized dealers.
  • —David Stamps
  • A group of women from the fashion industry got together to buy designer overstocks for men, women and children and sell them at a discount on the Internet.
  • —Jill Sabulis

First Known Use of overstock

1710


overstock

verb, transitive + intransitive over·stock \ ˌō-vər-ˈstäk \

Definition of overstock

overstocked; overstocking
1 T/I :to stock too much or too many of (something) :to get or have excess inventory of (a good or goods)
  • The big, reputable department stores frequently overstock designers' wares for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day.
  • —John Heilemann
  • discounting overstocked merchandise
  • Don't overstock. Sure, you don't want to run out of product. … But tying up all your capital in inventory can turn your company into the Titanic.
  • —Michelle Goodman
2 T :to provide (something or someone) with too large a supply of something
  • Supermarkets are already overstocking their shelves with traditional Thanksgiving food items.
  • —Michelle Singletary
  • Retailers try to walk a fine line between threatening their profits by overstocking their stores—as happened the last couple of years—and running out of popular gift items, which means lost sales.
  • —Jenny Strasburg
  • … many American cities are overstocked with … office and residential space.
  • —Don McLeod
  • … we agonized about overstocking the list with luxurious French restaurants, big-city restaurants, or those with famous chefs.
  • Gourmet

First Known Use of overstock

1648


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