overwork[ō′vər wʉrk′, ō′vər wʉrk′]
- to work or use to excess: to overwork a horse; to overwork an excuse
- to decorate the surface of
- to make very excited or nervous
- work that is severe or burdensome
- work beyond the amount agreed upon; extra work
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verb o·ver·worked, o·ver·work·ing, o·ver·works verb, transitive
- To force to work too hard or too long.
- a. To rework to excess: overwork a speech.b. To use too often: “‘Vulnerable’ and ‘volatile’ were the most overworked adjectives of the '70s” (David Ansen).
- To decorate the entire surface of.