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Definition of overstretch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overstretch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstretʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstretʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overstretch
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstretʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstretʃ//
 
he / she / it overstretches
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstretʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstretʃɪz//
 
past simple overstretched
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstretʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌəʊvərˈstretʃt//
 
past participle overstretched
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstretʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌəʊvərˈstretʃt//
 
-ing form overstretching
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstretʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstretʃɪŋ//
 
 
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overstretch somebody/something/yourself (especially British English) to do more than you are capable of; to make somebody/something do more than they are capable of This will overstretch the prison service's resources. Credit cards can tempt you to overstretch yourself (= spend more money than you can afford).
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