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Middle English overcarien, equivalent to over- +‎ carry.


overcarry (third-person singular simple present overcarries, present participle overcarrying, simple past and past participle overcarried)

  1. (transitive) To carry too far, or beyond the proper point.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hayward to this entry?)
  2. (intransitive) To go to excess.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for overcarry in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)