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- To place excessive emphasis on something.
- To place excessive physical stress on something, especially to such an extent that it deforms or breaks.
- 1960 July, “The first G.E.C. 25 kV. a.c. electric locomotives for B.R.”, in Trains Illustrated, page 421:
- [...] the complete frame will withstand a standing and buffing load of 200 tons without overstressing.