overtighten

verb
over·​tight·​en | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtī-tᵊn How to pronounce overtighten (audio) \
overtightened; overtightening

Definition of overtighten

transitive + intransitive

: to tighten too much : to make (something) too tight or to become too tight overtighten a screw Secure the bolts but be sure not to overtighten. Similarly, do not overtighten your toes or feet, which could cause muscle cramping.— Lesley Sisterhen McAllister If you're having heel pain first thing in the morning, sleeping in a night splint can help keep the fascia elongated when it would normally overtighten.— Matt Hart

First Known Use of overtighten

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Overtighten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtighten. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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