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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of overstress.


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  • The movie turns broad and slightly smarmy when it portrays the conventioneers as hapless Babbitts, and overstresses Tim's status as a hick or, worse still, a priss.

    'Gnomeo': A Bard's Garden of Delights

  • There, property rights are such, more sons, more cattle, to encourage population growth and cattle growth, which then overstresses the ecosystem.

    The Malthusian Zombie, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • After all, magical thinking not only overstresses the promises of action, underestimates the grimly repetitive sacrifices that all too likely must follow, and sees these quests as manageable.

    Magic and Mayhem

  • WOOLSEY: Anderson, I think a lot of this overstresses our role as a motivator for what's go on.

    CNN Transcript Sep 26, 2006

  • We haven't been letting him exercise as much as he'd like; he always overstresses himself too soon after he's been hurt.

    The Black Gryphon

  • Unless a genetically normal person upsets his regulatory mechanism by being deficient in certain vitamins and minerals or overstresses the body, his blood cholesterol level will not be affected by practical variations in dietary cholesterol.

    The New Super-Nutrition

  • What this view emphasizes is expressed in MacQuarrie's belief that creatio overstresses the difference between God and his creation, thus tending to make creation an arbitrary act.


  • Nor has any one a right to say that he overdoes or overstresses their wickedness a jot: he merely shows it, or rather lets them show it, just as it is.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • The civil war and famine gripping the Horn of Africa is a typical example of what happens when a climate swing causes drought and overstresses an already fragile society, say its authors. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Pasterns should be neither too long and sloping (which hyperextends the fetlock and overstresses the suspensory apparatus), nor too short and upright (which increases concussion on the fetlock, lower phalanx bones, and the foot). News


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