[v. oh-ver-strech; n. oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech]
verb (used with object)
to stretch excessively.
to stretch or extend over.
an act or instance of overstretching.

1300–50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch

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overstretch (ˌəʊvəˈstrɛtʃ)
1.  to make excessive demands or put excessive pressure on (oneself, finances, etc)
2.  to stretch (muscles or limbs) too much or too hard

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overstretch o·ver·stretch (ō'vər-strěch')
v. o·ver·stretched, o·ver·stretch·ing, o·ver·stretch·es

  1. To stretch one's body or muscles to the point of strain or injury.

  2. To stretch or extend over.

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Example sentences
Tendons connect muscle to bone, and you can overstretch them, loosening your joints too much and making them prone to dislocation.
Do not overstretch the pelt of a mink or any other furbearer as this cuts down on their value.
Avoid using too much traction, which may overstretch the leg, but use enough traction to maintain limb alignment.
It is a story that properly begins with the first signs of imperial overstretch.
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