overtighten

verb, transitive + intransitive over·tight·en \ ˌō-vər-ˈtī-tᵊn \

Definition of overtighten

overtightened; overtightening
: 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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