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Definition attempted to do too much
The exact meaning of overextended depends upon the context. For example:
  • "She overextended herself when she bought the car." — took on too much debt or fixed expense
  • "The army is overextended." — trying to do too much
  • "She overextended the ladder." — made it too long
  • "She overextended her shoulder." — stretched or reached too far
  • "She overextended her stay with her brother." — stayed too long
  • "While playing chess, she overextended her bishop." — moved it beyond a safe limit
  • I can't buy a new car. I'm already overextended.
  • The organization was already overextended, with large projects all over the world.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Our staff was overextended, but I was thrilled with the talented lawyers and professionals we had working with us.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • That he'd overextended the school's finances.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • On the fourth or fifth thrust, the tall woman overextended herself and lost her balance, just for a second.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • It would overextend her powers.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • I had overextended myself in other ways, too.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • He'd have his secretary check his schedule to make sure he wasn't overextending himself ....
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • To the south we have outflanked or broken through the German lines in several places, and I am told some of our overextended units were encircled.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He was sweating profusely, and his face was flushed an unhealthy, overextended crimson.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He overextended himself.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • We are poor, overextended, and low on supplies, and few recruits are joining us from the Empire.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Don't overextend –" the Healer began.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • We're overextended!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • In a stress-defying bid for unrealistic expansion, his father had overextended himself, committing enormous sums of money that existed only in his imagination and in the minds of avaricious bankers.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • In these dreams I satisfied my own sick and overextended need to be my own greatest hero.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • At the other end of the parade ground, I heard Gauldin Grace's harsh, overextended voice screaming out the findings of the honor court.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • That was his exact word, 'overextended.'
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • As Eragon twisted, he overextended and strained his back.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • We're just so overextended—"
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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