from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To examine or go over carefully for needed repairs.
  • transitive verb To dismantle in order to make repairs.
  • transitive verb Nautical To slacken (a line) or to release and separate the blocks of (a tackle).
  • transitive verb To make extensive renovations or revisions on; renovate.
  • transitive verb To catch up with; overtake.
  • noun An act of overhauling.
  • noun A repair job.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To turn over for examination; examine thoroughly with a view to repairs.
  • To reëxamine, as accounts.
  • To gain upon; make up with; overtake.
  • To search a ship for contraband goods.
  • noun Examination; inspection; repair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A strict examination with a view to correction or repairs.
  • noun A major repair or a revision for the purpose of improvement.
  • transitive verb To haul or drag over; hence, to turn over for examination; to inspect; to examine thoroughly with a view to corrections or repairs.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) To gain upon in a chase; to overtake.
  • transitive verb To repair thoroughly; to make repairs on; -- usually implying major repairs and perhaps modifying improvements.
  • transitive verb to pull on the leading parts so as to separate the blocks.
  • transitive verb to keep it clear, and see that no hitch occurs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A major repair, remake, renovation, or revision.
  • noun firefighting the process after the fire appears extinguished in which the firefighters search the structure for signs of hot spots that may cause the structure to reignite. Often this includes the process of salvage under the blanket term, salvage and overhaul.
  • verb To modernize, repair, renovate, or revise completely.
  • verb To pass, overtake, or travel past.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to
  • noun the act of improving by renewing and restoring
  • verb travel past
  • noun periodic maintenance on a car or machine


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ haul.


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  • President Nicolas Sarkozy has refused to give in to growing public pressure, insisting that the pension overhaul is needed to prevent the system from going broke.

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  • A major overhaul is needed and that's what Obama's trying to do.

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  • It's not that I don't agree that overhaul is needed, it's just too broad an issue.

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  • I'm really trying to figure out what this whole overhaul is going to mean.

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  • We know the reason we need this "financial regulation overhaul" is because the republican belief that big business (in this case "banking" among others) cannot be trusted to be ethical and forthright. a belief fosterd by Reagan, Bush 1 and bush 2, all of which had some sort of monetary crisis during their terms and or left them for someone else to clean up!

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  • Why do some people fight against healthcare overhaul is it because the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries product demand is primarily driven by the willingness of insures to pay for new medical treatments? again is it ethical when these same guys buy out generic companies not to release their affordable products in the market?.

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  • OK, when a Republican says things like "Healthcare overhaul is needed" or "the current system is unacceptable" what they mean is "We're making too much money by keeping things the way they are and we don't plan to change anything."

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  • The captain stood on the quarterdeck,/The ice was in his eye;/"Overhaul, overhaul! Let your gibsheets fall,/And you'll put your boats to sea, brave boys..." -- "Greenland Whale Fisheries," traditional, arr. the Pogues, c. 1985

    February 6, 2007