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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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'While there is some evidence to suggest that the housing market is beginning to cool, there is also evidence to show that people are overstretching themselves financially,' said Kensington Mortgages chief executive John Maltby.
Overstretching, instead of using a ladder, can create muscle fatigue and damage to tendons.
"If the prize is big enough I think you can keep overstretching, you should be able to," O'Neill said.
support your upper body with your arms to avoid straining the knees and overstretching the quadriceps (front of the thigh).