verb (used with object), o·ver·drew, o·ver·drawn, o·ver·draw·ing.

  1. to draw upon (an account, allowance, etc.) in excess of the balance standing to one’s credit or at one’s disposal: It was the first time he had ever overdrawn his account.
  2. to strain, as a bow, by drawing too far.
  3. to exaggerate in portraying, describing, depicting, or drawing: The author has overdrawn the villain to the point of absurdity.

verb (used without object), o·ver·drew, o·ver·drawn, o·ver·draw·ing.

  1. to overdraw an account or the like: It ruins one’s credit to overdraw frequently at a bank.
  2. (of a stove, fireplace, etc.) to draw excessively; have too strong an updraft: When the flue overdraws, all the heat goes right up the chimney.

verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn

  1. to draw on (a bank account) in excess of the credit balance
  2. (tr) to strain or pull (a bow) too far
  3. (tr) to exaggerate in describing or telling

v.late 14c., “to draw across;” 1734 in the banking sense, from over- + draw (v.). Related: Overdrawn; overdrawing.

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