overstretch

noun
over·​stretch | \ ˈō-vər-ˌstrech How to pronounce overstretch (audio) \
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 How to pronounce overstretch (audio) \
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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“Overstretch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstretch. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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overstretch

verb
How to pronounce overstretch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overstretch

: to stretch (something) too far or too much
chiefly British : to try to do too much with (something) : to try to make (someone) do too much

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