overuse overuse  /ˌoʊ və ˈrjuz/


  1. (n) exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
  2. (v) make use of too often or too extensively


  1. If overuse had played a role in the emergence of the resistant strain, health officials might have recommended that clinicians restrict prescriptions of the drug.
  2. For years a growing body of evidence has suggested that the overuse of antibiotics is helping to make the miracle drugs less effective.
  3. Colorado Senator gives colorful response to town hall go-er concerned about overuse of medicine with health care overhaul.


  1. Beloved coach retires, a mentor for many in District 30

    GLENVIEW — When Ben Chin retired from Maple School District 30 at the end of the 2012-13 school year, students, staff and parents knew that they were losing more than a great educator. Chin was the school’s beloved coach, athletic coordinator, department chair and Physical Education and Health Teacher. Though it’s a phrase that’s lost its meaning from overuse, Chin was like family. He founded ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Northbrook Star

  2. Forget race; fear extremism

    State purpose, not religion I object to the overuse of the terms “Islamic extremist” and “Islamic terrorist.” These terms are misleading and inflammatory [“Extremism has no race,” Opinion, June 2]. The terms imply that the people who commit these acts of violence
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

  3. Going Green: Spirituality Informing Action

    In recent months, I have been reflecting on what exactly lies at the root of our environmental crisis. It is simple to point to the overuse of fossil fuels, a culture of over-consumerism, and a casual regard to waste.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Whittier Daily News


  1. "This could have been the biggest game we had this year for a few reasons," Guillen said. "I didn't want to overuse the guys out of the bullpen, they've been up for three or four days in a row to help us to win. This game just didn't count...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Jose Guillen Source: MLB.com

  2. "I'm told I sometimes overuse the phrase 'Fantastic job' when describing the performances of Lewis and Jenson, but I make no apology whatsoever for using that phrase again today," Whitmarsh said. "This afternoon's race was extremely exciting...
    on Jun 13, 2010 By: Martin Whitmarsh Source: The Canadian Press

  3. "I've had tendinitis for years and years and years and years," Roddick said. "It's kind of a fancy term for overuse. I don't think that in my mind I ever thought that his Wimbledon defence was in jeopardy. Rafa has had knee tendinitis for a...
    on Jun 9, 2009 By: Andy Roddick Source: guardian.co.uk

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