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overtax

[oh-ver-taks] /ˌoʊ vərˈtæks/
verb (used with object)
1.
to tax too heavily.
2.
to make too great demands on.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; over- + tax
Related forms
overtaxation, noun
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  • If you overtax the resources of any area you're asking for trouble.
  • Some are too ambitious melodically and overtax the musician's ability to give them the lift they need.
  • These items can overtax or destroy the biological digestion taking place within your system.
  • They may also overtax your users' short-term memory.
  • These items can overtax or destroy the biological digestion taking place within the system or clog pumps and pipes.
  • However, these heavy roofs can overtax a wood frame home if it is not properly built or maintained.
  • Storing records in only a single location and directing all users there can overtax network capability.
  • Employees must not be required to lift heavy or bulky objects that overtax their physical condition or capability.
  • With tax relief, overtime will no longer be overtax time for the waitress.
  • Employees must not be required to lift heavy or bulky objects that might overtax them physically.
British Dictionary definitions for overtax

overtax

/ˌəʊvəˈtæks/
verb (transitive)
1.
to tax too heavily
2.
to impose too great a strain on
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Word Origin and History for overtax
v.

1640s, "to demand too much of," from over- + tax (v.). Related: Overtaxed; overtaxing.

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