from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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"). (Wiktionary)



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