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overstretch

(ō′vər-strĕch′)
v. over·stretched, over·stretching, over·stretches
v.tr.
1. To extend or use beyond what is reasonable, usual or proper: The army is overstretched in its deployments.
2. To subject to undue strain: employees who are overstretched working overtime.
3. To stretch (one's muscles or another body part) to the point of strain or injury.
v.intr.
To stretch one's body or muscles to the point of strain or injury.
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It's not fair on the seriously-ill patient or the overstretched NHS worker.
"Hospitals are simply overstretched as they face ever increasing demand from an ageing population combined with a shortage of quali-fied staff."
Jeff said: "This is a cut too far and means our forces will be overstretched in Afghanistan - and worse if other areas of conflict crop up.
On the other hand, the United States has been constantly pressing the Pakistani military to reign in the Al-Qaeda allied Haqqani group in region, however, the army maintains that it is overstretched to clamp down on the extremists in North Waziristan.
Summary: Probation staff monitoring dangerous sex offenders are overstretched and under-trained, a report has warned.
military is currently overstretched with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; that Iran's known nuclear sites are heavily fortified; and that we do not have information about possible clandestine nuclear sites.
A UN official has said that UN peacekeeping forces are overstretched, both operationally and politically, and some missions may be in danger of failing.
THE late Derek Harrison - known as Mr Snow Hill for his books about that station - told me that he could foresee the day New Street Station would be overstretched. As he said, if the powers that be had done their job correctly they would have not had the great white elephant, the Metro tram, built.
"I think lenders need to be clear that firstly, somebody can afford to meet the repayments whatever they are - that they haven't overstretched themselves," he said.
SHADOW defence secretary Liam Fox yesterday called for the size of the Army to be increased as he claimed the armed forces were "overstretched and under-strength as never before".
If a leg ligament is overstretched, Gyrotonics works to strengthen the energy connection through the center of the body including the abdominals.
But the reporter certainly didn't "plant" the enthusiastic response of the assembled soldiers to Wilson's question, which potently described a significant source of frustration for our overstretched, under-equipped troops.