Definition of overdraw in English:



  • 1Draw money from (one's bank account) in excess of what the account holds.

    ‘you only pay interest if your account is overdrawn’
    • ‘If the account is overdrawn, the bank becomes the creditor and the customer the debtor.’
    • ‘When something bad happens - your boss chews you out or you discover your bank account is overdrawn again - you may need to take time to step back from the situation.’
    • ‘We are now overdrawn on our bank account and it has put us in financially difficulty, not to mention all the stress and worry it has caused.’
    • ‘They also tend to snowball so that people can end up being charged more than £100 by the time they realise their account is overdrawn - and that's on top of the interest.’
    • ‘But the New York University student's holiday mood soured a few days later when he received a notice from Pittsburgh's PNC Bank that he had overdrawn the funds in his checking account.’
    • ‘If you overdraw your account, deposit money as soon as possible to avoid additional overdrafts and fees.’
    • ‘His personal bank account was £21,000 overdrawn and over the agreed limit.’
    • ‘It also gives a warning if you overdraw your account.’
    • ‘We are now overdrawn in our bank account because we are living on such a tight budget and rely on the tax credits.’
    • ‘You are in danger of overdrawing your checking account.’
    • ‘Think of it like a bank account which has been overdrawn.’
    • ‘If the account is overdrawn, the bank's claim against A is reduced, or A obtains a debt claim against the bank.’
    • ‘He said as many as 4,000 people manipulated the system to overdraw their bank accounts by at least $1,000.’
    • ‘At its most extreme, the practice leaves victims in the nightmarish situation of having their bank accounts overdrawn by many thousands of pounds without their knowledge.’
    • ‘The department's bank account was overdrawn by R40m, which is a gross violation of Treasury regulations.’
    • ‘It so happens that there are no sums at present in hand, but on the contrary the sum of £890 is overdrawn at the bank.’
    • ‘To avoid paying surcharge interest and irregular account charges, never allow your account to be overdrawn without making arrangements with your branch in advance.’
    • ‘She also knew that she did not have the bank's authority to issue cheques when her account was overdrawn.’
    • ‘I have no money after barely managing to scrape the rent together last Friday, and my bank account is woefully overdrawn.’
    • ‘A friend overdraws her checking account because she thought there was more money in it.’
    overdrawn, in debt, in debit, in deficit, owing money, in arrears, showing a loss
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    1. 1.1(of a person) have taken money out of an account in excess of what it holds.
      ‘I'm already overdrawn this month’
      • ‘I look at it about once a month, when I get a statement, just to see if I'm overdrawn.’
      • ‘Check with your provider if you know you will be overdrawn - it could save you money.’
      • ‘Getting too little sleep creates a ‘sleep debt,’ which is much like being overdrawn at a bank.’
      • ‘The average account customer is overdrawn for 80 days in every year, so it affects a lot of people.’
      • ‘Today you're even more stressed because you're overdrawn and have to make a deposit by noon or your bank will bounce your mortgage payment.’
      • ‘I would have to help my father out with that couple thousand dollars when he was overdrawn at the bank.’
      • ‘For customers who are overdrawn, each withdrawal is charged at €0.23 with no minimum fee applied.’
  • 2Exaggerate in describing or depicting (someone or something)

    ‘some of the characters were overdrawn’
    • ‘The extent of this schizophrenia should not be overdrawn, but the potential existed for conflicting positions to reify.’
    • ‘Its emphasis on the self-regulating and potentially liberating character of traditional law is often overdrawn.’
    • ‘The characters are overdrawn to the point where they're just not real, and they really go nowhere.’
    • ‘Historical fiction runs the risk of degenerating into joining the dots of known facts with overdrawn, sentimentalised characters.’
    • ‘Once again, one must be careful not to overdraw the argument.’
    • ‘The coincidental use of the same comparison is as amusing as it is overdrawn.’
    • ‘Critics have argued that the work's thesis regarding the advent of the totally administered society is overdrawn.’
    • ‘Are those sorts of games significant, or do you think that they're overdrawn by media commentators?’
    • ‘I had been contacted by Mr. Mailander with some of these suspicions a few days previously, and had responded then that I thought some of them were overdrawn.’
    • ‘While the battle prose is excellent, the language describing noncombat scenes is sometimes tortured and overdrawn.’
    • ‘This contrast seems overdrawn in both directions.’
    • ‘The contrast between institution and occupation is easy to overdraw, of course.’
    • ‘It would be a mistake, however, to overdraw the distinctions I have made here, for to do so would only conceal the blurriness of this birth control clinic world.’
    • ‘The ‘negative’ characters in the film are somewhat overdrawn.’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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  • 3Draw (a bow) too far.