Definition of stove-up

: suffering physical discomfort caused by injury, illness, exercise, or overwork : battered, worn-out horses … too old and stove-up for saddle work— F. B. Gipson several of the men were stove-up … and even some of the women showed signs of having been kicked or stepped on— H. L. Davis

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History and Etymology for stove-up

from past participle of stave up, verb

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“Stove-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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