from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To extend or use beyond what is reasonable, usual or proper.
  • intransitive verb To subject to undue strain.
  • intransitive verb To stretch (one's muscles or another body part) to the point of strain or injury.
  • intransitive verb To stretch one's body or muscles to the point of strain or injury.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To stretch or strain excessively; overstrain; exaggerate.

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

  • verb To stretch too far
  • verb To stretch over something

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb strain abnormally


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Its army is in overstretch, with some tales of poor morale floating about.

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  • We get a few ritual whimpers about "overstretch" and then Liam crawls back in his box.

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  • Since military issues have been in the news of late (although overshadowed by other events) – not least Afghanistan and the "overstretch" suffered by British forces – I intend later today (early evening, British time) to publish a post explaining why Butcher's story is so wide of the mark, together with an analysis of the current Israeli military operation, and its implications for both US and British forces in the war against terror.

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  • The real point is that the most pressing issues in Helmand and elsewhere are "overstretch" – not enough troops – and crap equipment.

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  • If US position ever changes Israel will fold like a tent and one day I expect either that to happen or Israel like us will become another victim of its own "overstretch" and imperial hubris. by

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  • Better that than the unremitting scattergun approach that relies on the constant, tedious repetition of the sacred mantras "overstretch" and "underfunding".

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  • The fact of the matter is that our armed forces are already in a state of 'overstretch'and it would be impossible for us to do even if we wanted to.

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  • In terms of "overstretch," the report says, "the tank of goodwill now runs on vapour; many experienced staff are talking of leaving."'

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