Definitions

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  • v. To bear upon with irresistible force; to crush or overwhelm.
  • v. To overcome by importunity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bear upon with irresistible force; to crush; to overwhelm.
  • transitive v. To overcome by importunity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bear upon with irresistible force; crush; overwhelm.
  • To overcome by importunity.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ press

Examples

  • He did not perceive himself as being fast on his mental feet, so tended to overpress himself pre-plotting his situational reactions.

    Starfishers

  • The creditor was the doctor's father-in-law, through his first wife, and while the good old gentleman lived, if by any mishap or overpress of business the quarterly payment had been delayed, it would have been kindly excused.

    Choice Readings for the Home Circle

  • When in such a condition it does not do to overpress, as, if you do, the chances are the steer will wheel round, challenge you and get on the fight.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • Certainly the later Ṣufi poets were inclined to overpress symbolism, and the luscious sweetness of the poetry may have been unwholesome for some -- both for poets and for readers.

    The Reconciliation of Races and Religions

  • As for the decks and upper works, they would caulk them as well as they could; and though with the working of the ship they would not long keep staunch, yet there would otherwise be no great danger if they did not overpress her with sails.

    The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Complete

  • "No, but she makes heavy calls on the estate, and is displeased if he refuses to overpress the tenants or hesitates to cut the timber."

    Love and Life An Old Story in Eighteenth Century Costume

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