overstrain

Overstrain

O`ver*strain"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Overstrained; p. pr. & vb. n. Overstraining.] To strain one's self to excess. --Dryden.
Webster's Revised

Overstrain

O`ver*strain"\, v. t. To stretch or strain too much; as to overstrain one's nerves. --Ayliffe.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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overstrain

noun
1. too much strain 

verb
1. strain excessively; "He overextended himself when he accepted the additional assignment" 
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