One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Put up too many buildings in (an area)‘investors overbuilt the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts’
- ‘In the case of installing temporary practices next to an already-developed site, he likes to overbuild.’
- ‘Paris is perhaps the opposite, betraying little of this tendency to overbuild - although traveling the periphérique outside the city center does, like so many cities, offer considerable evidence to the contrary.’
- ‘Stop whining because you've overbuilt in a drought-stricken area for sixty years.’
- ‘On the flip side, the report calls Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta and Dallas to the carpet for a repeat pattern of overbuilding flat, sprawling topographies.’
- 1.1 Build (something) elaborately or to a very high standard, especially unnecessarily.‘overbuilding something will always be safer than taking shortcuts’
2often as noun overbuildingBuild on top of.‘the preservation of the medieval field pattern by direct overbuilding’
- ‘Meanwhile, critics charge that the real causes of the floods are government efforts to funnel rivers through narrow channels and overbuilding on flood plains.’
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