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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 of overtax
1640-1650
1640-50; over- + tax
Related forms
overtaxation, noun
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  • Constance saw very quickly that weeks of careful nursing lay ahead, and she would not permit her mother to overtax her strength.

    Three Little Women's Success Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • "The reading seems to overtax your strength," said the woman giggling.

  • Many cannot do this, and overtax both their physical and intellectual energies.

    The Argosy Various
  • He had done well enough and he did not want to overtax his horse.

    Jack Among the Indians George Bird Grinnell
  • With tax relief, overtime will no longer be overtax time for the waitress.

  • He will not try to overtax his strength, and he goes on strike firmly if asked to do too much.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • Now suppose an increase of population sufficient to overtax the wheat-supplying capacity of the best land.

    The Impossibilities of Anarchism George Bernard Shaw
  • By staying in the water too long one may overtax his vitality and become chilled.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • Thus it was arranged; but the mother was always after him with warnings not to overtax himself with work.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • Some here unconsciously overdo it, and overtax their own strength in their grim fights with Angel of Death.

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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