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From Middle English overbreken, from Old English oferbrecan ‎(to transgress, violate), equivalent to over- +‎ break.


overbreak ‎(third-person singular simple present overbreaks, present participle overbreaking, simple past overbroke, past participle overbroken)

  1. (intransitive) To break over.
    • 1958, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Proceedings - Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Issues 183-188:
      This proved wise as the south and west walls of the winder chamber overbroke badly and blocky ground was encountered in the area set aside for the electtrical equipment.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To get over; recover from.
    He was never able to overbreak his rheumatism.