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overbank

[oh-ver-bangk] /ˌoʊ vərˈbæŋk/
verb (used without object), Horology
1.
to have the balance staff oscillate so greatly that the fork of the lever fails to engage, rendering the escapement inoperative.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; over- + bank1
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