Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To stand too strictly on the demands or conditions of.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To stand on the price or conditions of, so as to lose a sale; to lose by an extravagant price or hard conditions.

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

  • verb rare to stand or insist too much or too long; overstay
  • verb transitive to stand too strictly on the demands or conditions of.
  • verb yachting : to sail to the mark at a wider angle than is the normal upwind angle, to go beyond the layline
  • verb : to have complete or intutitive comprehension, to grok

Etymologies

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From Middle English overstonden, from Old English oferstandan ("to stand over"), equivalent to over- +‎ stand. Cognate with Dutch overstaan ("to stand over"), German überstehen ("to stand through, survive").

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