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[v. oh-ver-strech; n. oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ; n. ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ, ˈoʊ vərˌstrɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to stretch excessively.
to stretch or extend over.
an act or instance of overstretching.
Origin of overstretch
1300-50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overstretch
  • Tendons connect muscle to bone, and you can overstretch them, loosening your joints too much and making them prone to dislocation.
  • It is a story that properly begins with the first signs of imperial overstretch.
  • Yet his empire faces the familiar conglomerate dangers of management overstretch and lack of focus.
  • We already know that this overstretch is economically untenable.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for overstretch


verb (transitive)
to make excessive demands or put excessive pressure on (oneself, finances, etc)
to stretch (muscles or limbs) too much or too hard
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overstretch in Medicine

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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