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overcompensate

verb [I]  /ˌoʊ·vərˈkɑm·pənˌseɪt/ us  
to try too hard to produce a usual or correct state from one that is not usual, and therefore produce a new difficulty or lack of balance: Chris overcompensates for his lack of height by being a clown.
Translations of “overcompensate”
in Chinese (Traditional) 過度補償, 矯枉過正…
in Chinese (Simplified) 过度补偿, 矫枉过正…
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