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overstretch

[v. oh-ver-strech; n. oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ; n. ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ, ˈoʊ vərˌstrɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to stretch excessively.
2.
to stretch or extend over.
noun
3.
an act or instance of overstretching.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch
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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

overstretch

/ˌəʊvəˈstrɛtʃ/
verb (transitive)
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 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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