overwork [ō΄vər wʉrk′, ō′vər wʉrk΄]
1. to work or use to excess [to overwork a horse; to overwork an excuse]
2. to decorate the surface of
3. to make very excited or nervous
to work too hard or too long
1. work that is severe or burdensome
2. work beyond the amount agreed upon; extra work

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