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  • v. Simple past of overgrow.


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  • Tall grass overgrew the mine sites, and the mine equipment began to rust and crumble as the years wore on.


  • “We should take this all out,” he says, nodding at the crumbling leaves, the tomato plants that long ago overgrew their stakes and now trail the dirt.


  • Your hatred68 of your father was of such stature that it entirely outstripped, overgrew, and overshadowed your love of me.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Those details overgrew, if one may so express it, the original trunk of the story itself as fungi grow over the stump of a tree.

    Lieutenant Yergunov's Story

  • The lawn overgrew what remained of the brick edging along the front walk.

    Mary, Mary

  • The broken battlements, enwreathed with ivy, proclaimed the fallen grandeur of the place, while the shattered vacant window-frames exhibited its desolation, and the high grass that overgrew the threshold seemed to say how long it was since mortal foot had entered.

    A Sicilian Romance

  • He waited in the shadows of the barred gate of Palmer College as the University proctor made his way along the lane, pausing every few yards to rustle with his long staff among the stalks of climbing bamboo that overgrew the red walls of Graces, Palmer's ancient rival.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Alas, it is shame that ever ye were made knight, to see such a lad to match such a knight, as the weed overgrew the corn.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • An arched doorway had opened from the house into this thickened square, but it was soiled and dusty; and the damp weeds that overgrew the quadrangle drooped undisturbed against it.

    Uncle Silas

  • Our hot bread was in our hands, and, as we ate, there mingled with it the taste of the dust of our large force crossing the valley bottoms, and some taint of the strange keen smell of the wormwood which overgrew the slopes.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom


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