Definitions

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  • v. To insure for too great a value.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ insure

Examples

  • One answer he suggests that is consistent with the evidence is that, because we are terrified of and don't want to think about death, there are some things we prefer to overinsure or lay off responsibility for.

    Austan Goolsbee on Health Care, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • If people often overinsure against small losses, they underinsure against big ones.

    Save Thousands On Insurance

  • It is important to remember that every Defense dollar spent to overinsure against a remote or diminishing risk or, in effect, to run up the score in capability where the United States is already dominant is a dollar not available to take care of our people, reset the force, win the wars we are in, and improve capabilities in areas where we are underinvested and potentially vulnerable.

    Paranoid | ATTACKERMAN

  • Had I bought a Tiffany lamp back then, it would probably have been lost in the tragic moving-truck episode of 1979, along with a Saul Steinberg drawing that was the only valuable thing I owned at the time and which, naturally, I had failed to insure, thus causing me to make a New Year's resolution in 1980 to overinsure everything forever, something I always forget to do.

    Nora Ephron: Resolve to Eat More Cheese

  • Consumers still have a penchant to overinsure, and most policies still provide catastrophic coverage.

    Markets and Majorities

  • Anticipating criticism that he is making too big a change away from things that the Pentagon has traditionally LOVED spending money on, Mr. Gates said this: 'Every defense dollar spent to to overinsure against a remote or diminishing risk ... is a dollar not available to take care of our people.' ...

    GlobalResearch.ca

  • "It is important to remember that every defense dollar spent to overinsure against a remote or diminishing risk, or in effect to run up the score" is a dollar that might otherwise be spent on troops or winning the wars we are in, Gates said yesterday.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • Gates firmly rejected that idea, arguing that "every defense dollar spent to overinsure against a remote or diminishing risk ... is a dollar not available to take care of our people, reset the force [and] win the wars we are in."

    Top Stories - Google News

  • Newspapers and cable news outlets have focused on Gates 'plan to cut funding for the F-22 fighter and the dovish-sounding statement by Gates that "Every defense dollar spent to to overinsure against a remote or diminishing risk … is a dollar not available to take care of our people."

    Irregular Times: News Unfit for Print

  • 'Every defense dollar spent to to overinsure against a remote or diminishing risk ... is a dollar not available to take care of our people.' ...

    ScreenTalk

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