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

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

Examples of overtighten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other cases, fatigue or a poor grip can cause someone to inadvertently overtighten. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2023 Do not overtighten your wristband. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 28 Nov. 2022 Stocks kicked off the week with big gains after suffering their worst September in two decades as Treasury yields halted a seemingly endless surge, with weak US manufacturing data soothing concern the Federal Reserve will overtighten monetary policy. Rita Nazareth, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2022 The BlackRock team expects major central banks to overtighten policy due to worries about the persistence of core inflation, which excludes food and energy prices. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023 At the same time, producer prices rose in November by more than forecast, a sticky inflation reading that could prompt the Fed to overtighten, increasing recession risks. Peyton Forte, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 That's reassuring news for traders who've been worried that the Fed will overtighten monetary policy in its quest to quash inflation. Akane Otani, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2022 If using a drill, be careful not to overtighten the screw. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 Use an open-end or ratchet wrench to tighten the lagscrews, but do not overtighten them. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 5 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overtighten was in 1829

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“Overtighten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtighten. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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