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overhaul

[v. oh-ver-hawl, oh-ver-hawl; n. oh-ver-hawl] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈhɔl, ˈoʊ vərˌhɔl; n. ˈoʊ vərˌhɔl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make necessary repairs on; restore to serviceable condition:
My car was overhauled by an expert mechanic.
2.
to investigate or examine thoroughly for repair or revision:
Next year we're going to overhaul the curriculum.
3.
to gain upon, catch up with, or overtake, as in a race.
4.
to haul or turn over for examination.
5.
Nautical.
  1. to slacken (a rope) by hauling in the opposite direction to that in which the rope was drawn taut.
  2. to release the blocks of (a tackle).
noun
6.
Also, overhauling. a general examination and repair:
The state roads were badly in need of a major overhaul.
Origin of overhaul
1620-1630
1620-30; over- + haul
Related forms
overhauler, noun
unoverhauled, adjective
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  • Archie began to overhaul his traps, which had been piled in one corner of the cabin.

    Frank in the Woods Harry Castlemon
  • The cruisers did not overhaul the little vessel as rapidly as Madden had anticipated.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • He cut the steam off just a little till the launch slowed down, and till the Ashantis on the bank began to overhaul her.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • While breakfast was in the course of preparation he went out to overhaul his saddle.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • On nearer approach both were pronounced Yankee, but the Alabama was not able to overhaul them until after sunset.

British Dictionary definitions for overhaul

overhaul

verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈhɔːl)
1.
to examine carefully for faults, necessary repairs, etc
2.
to make repairs or adjustments to (a car, machine, etc)
3.
to overtake
noun (ˈəʊvəˌhɔːl)
4.
a thorough examination and repair
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Word Origin and History for overhaul
v.

1620s, from over- + haul (v.); originally nautical, "pull rigging apart for examination," which was done by slackening the rope by hauling in the opposite direction to that in which it is pulled in hoisting. Replaced overhale in sense of "overtake" (1793). Related: Overhauled; overhauling.

n.

1826, from overhaul (v.).

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