overstretch

noun
over·stretch | \ ˈō-vər-ˌstrech \
plural overstretches

Definition of overstretch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of stretching something beyond normal limits an overstretch of political power … a classic case of military and economic overstretch. —Robert G. Patman

overstretch

verb
over·stretch | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstrech \
overstretched; overstretching

Definition of overstretch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stretch (something or someone) to excess or beyond normal limits Worsted yarn, and any yarn inclined to "kink" should be weighted slightly as it dries, but take care not to overstretch the wool. —Eileen Hobden temperature changes causing the tire to overstretch They overstretched [=overextended] themselves financially. Too few staff means overstretched [=overburdened] crews and patients waiting for longer. —Christina McAnea

First Known Use of overstretch

Noun

1749, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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