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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of overlearn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Learned by repetitive practice or memorization, beyond the point where it can be immediately recalled.
  • adj. Too learned.


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  • A look back suggests the president and his allies may have "overlearned" the lessons of President Bill Clinton's 1993-1994 health-care defeat.

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  • He thinks some people, especially younger investors, have "overlearned" the lesson of 2008 and therefore are shying away from the stock market too much.

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  • One reason the Israelis had gotten into so much trouble during the early days of the war was that they "overlearned" the lessons of the 1967 Six Day War.

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  • For a while, the line here was that the Obama administration had "overlearned" the lessons of the failed Clinton strategy from that last, ambitious reform effort.

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  • Engineers have determined that for most people, driving is an "overlearned" activity that can be done without conscious thought or effort.

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  • We've overlearned the High Noon scenario of good guys versus bad guys.

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  • But Baker -- who did predict the housing crisis and so has some actual credibility on this subject -- thinks that some analysts have perhaps overlearned the lessons of the past few years.

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  • If the Times's new paywall is too easily breached, perhaps that is because the paper's executives overlearned the lesson of their last attempt at charging for online access.

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  • Obama (some would say) overlearned the lesson of Hillary Clinton's healthcare fiasco.

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  • Jared Bernstein agreed that the Treasury might have overlearned the lesson of Lehman, bending over too far to prevent financial behemoths from suffering the consequences of their actions.



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