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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of overlabour.
- adj. Overworked, exhausted.
- adj. Laboured, over-elaborate.
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In places it's a gripping tale, but in others the vague motifs and overlaboured flights of fancy become unnecessary distractions.
Fletcher, on the other hand, would appear to have made a very great effort; and though some portions of the work I ascribe to him are tedious and overlaboured, no censure would weigh very strongly against the fact, that for more than two centuries they have been _applauded_ as the work of Shakspeare.
His negros were a dull, feeble, half-starved, and overlaboured herd.
His mind, which, to use Murphy's words (Life, p. 80), had been 'strained and overlaboured by constant exertion,' had not recovered its tone.
We have either become idle and neglected it, or tedious and overlaboured it.
Rehashing an already overlaboured point just because it's topical again is neither clever nor entertaining.