Definitions

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  • n. Excessive action (as of a muscle of the body).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Performance to excess; exaggerated or excessive action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Too much action; unnecessary and exaggerated action: applied specifically to a trained horse (a high stepper) in which the knee-action is too noticeable.

Etymologies

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over- +β€Ž action

Examples

  • Yes the action could have been more but you can't overaction the first movie.

    Sound Off: Iron Man - What Did You Think? « FirstShowing.net

  • On February 12, the prime minister stayed in bed all day, β€œthe disturbance, which has had so many forms, having at last taken the form of an overaction of the bowels.”

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • And to the extent that we were able to monitor that, we were able to control those individuals and -- in case there was any overaction taken towards committing an act of violence here or taking an action against the president pursuant to the threat.

    CNN Transcript Feb 22, 2006

  • The same senses are opened in delirium tremens, and entirely shut up again when the overaction of the cerebral heart, and the prodigious nervous congestions that attend it, are terminated by a decided change in the state of the body.

    Green Tea

  • Extremes meet, and overaction steadfastly returns to the effect of non-action, -- bringing, however, the seven devils of disaster in its company.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator

  • Many persons refer the cause to our climate; others to the overaction of the brain and nerves in childhood and youth by our schools, and by the exhaustive excitements of social and fashionable life.

    The Youth's Companion Volume LII, Number 11, Thursday, March 13, 1879

  • The chief embarrassments which at the moment exhibit themselves have arisen from overaction, and the most difficult task which remains to be accomplished is that of correcting and overcoming its effects.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • These glands are not independent of one another but interact in a marvelous manner so that under or overaction of any one of them upsets a balance that exists between them, and thus produces a disorder that is quite generalized in its effects.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • Frequent stimulation and consequent overaction result in impairment or loss of the proper function of the part, as is the universal law.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • The history of trade in the United States for the last three or four years affords the most convincing evidence that our present condition is chiefly to be attributed to overaction in all the departments of business -- an over-action deriving, perhaps, its first impulses from antecedent causes, but stimulated to its destructive consequences by excessive issues of bank paper and by other facilities for the acquisition and enlargement of credit.

    A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 3, part 2: Martin Van Buren

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