subject to excessivedemands or put under excessive pressure ⇒ The overstretched air-traffic-control system could reach breaking point., ⇒ The crime rate is rising rapidly and the police force is overstretched., ⇒ My budget is overstretched.
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If a system or organization is overstretched, it is being forced to work more than it is supposed to. ⇒ The crime rate is rising rapidly at present and the police force is overstretched. ⇒ Analysts fear the overstretched air traffic control system could reach breaking point.