American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To force to work too hard or too long.
- v. To rework to excess: overwork a speech.
- v. To use too often: "'Vulnerable' and 'volatile' were the most overworked adjectives of the '70s” ( David Ansen).
- v. To decorate the entire surface of.
- v. To work too long or too hard.
- n. Excessive work.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A superstructure.
- n. Excessive work or labor; work or labor that exceeds the strength or capacity of the individual or endangers his health.
- n. Work done beyond the amount stipulated; work done in overhours or overtime.
- To cause to work too hard; cause to labor too much; impose too much work upon; wear out by overwork: often used reflexively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To work beyond the strength; to cause to labor too much or too long; to tire excessively.
- v. To fill too full of work; to crowd with labor.
- v. To decorate all over.
- v. To work too much, or beyond one's strength.
- n. Work in excess of the usual or stipulated time or quantity; extra work; also, excessive labor.
- v. work excessively hard
- n. the act of working too much or too long
- v. use too much
- over- + work (noun) (Wiktionary)
“According to information, because of long-term overwork, vice mayor Wang Lijun is highly stressed and in poor health.”
“Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.”
“It’s also likely false, as overwork is a regular problem for TAs.”
“Dave lies in the fern a good part of every day smoking and planning, but as his wife is satisfied that his dream is one of love for her, she is content: besides, she wishes him to rest, being careful of his health and in constant terror lest he may fall a victim to cerebral disease from overwork, which is so common an ailment in the North.”
“Honest labor, continued through reasonable hours, paid at a rate which assures a wholesome support, is ennobling; but overwork, that is hopeless of comfortable reward, is degrading in the extreme.”
“It is not work, but overwork, that is hurtful; and it is not hard work that is injurious so much as monotonous work, fagging work, hopeless work.”
“Kim Jong Il, who passed away Saturday from an apparent heart attack at the age of 69 - the official cause was "overwork" - was an old-school dictator, predictably unpredictable.”
“On 14 July, another 52-year-old employee killed himself in Marseille, leaving behind a note blaming "overwork" and "management by terror".”
“In my opinion, this is n unavoidable side-effect of today's "overwork" generation, where there's just so much to do that you can't get it all done.”
“Neurasthenia is a condition of nervous exhaustion, brought about by various causes, such as overwork, worry, fright, sexual excesses, sexual abstinence, and so on.”
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