One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Oblige (someone) to do more than they are capable of, especially to repay a loan they cannot afford.‘multiple borrowers who may be overcommitting themselves’
- ‘Before you overcommit to others, take care of yourself.’
- ‘According to North Carolina researchers, you overcommit because you expect to have more time in the future than you do in the present.’
- ‘I think they have overcommitted the force and not provided sufficient resources.’
- ‘When businesses are not sure of what's happening, they want to hold onto their cash and not overcommit on space they won't need.’
- ‘I'm already overcommitted with books I've agreed to read and blurb and introductions I've agreed to write going back some years.’
- 1.1 Allocate more (resources) to a purpose than can be provided.‘they could easily overcommit their budgets’
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