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- To tax to an excessive degree
- To overburden
- The overtaxed shaft snapped.
- 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 1, page 160:
- Again, that lonely taper, how often is it the companion and sign of studies for which the day is too short—studies that steal the gloss from the sunny hair, and the light from the over-taxed eye!
- 1963 January, “New in Japan: Tokaido line trials”, in Modern Railways, page 44: