One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive pressure; an excessive burden.
1with object To overburden, overload. Now: specifically to expose (a vessel) to too great a force of wind by using too much sail.
2with object To press or insist on (a point, etc.) unduly.
3with object To put too much pressure on (a person); to overwork or overburden.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Forbes (1815–1854), natural historian. From overpress<br>late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From over- + press.
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