overwork

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overwork

the condition produced by working a draft animal or working dog, an eventing or endurance horse too hard. See also exhaustion.
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Of course, it is not always so bad as that, but you know it often is, and I say 'tis a mockery to tell a man that he must not overwork his horse, for when a beast is downright tired there's nothing but the whip that will keep his legs a-going; you can't help yourself -- you must put your wife and children before the horse; the masters must look to that, we can't.
And he, who resolutely declined to die of overwork, saw to it that she should likewise escape so dire a risk.
The Medical Man looked into his face and, with a certain hesitation, told him he was suffering from overwork, at which he laughed hugely.