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English definition of “overhang”

overhang

verb [T] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈhæŋ/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overhung, overhung)

overhang verb [T] (STICK OUT)

to stick out over something at a lower level: Several large trees overhang the path.

overhang verb [T] (AFFECT)

to have a negative effect on a situation: Overhanging the controversy is the question of how much the government knew about the arms deal.

overhang

noun [C] uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hæŋ/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/

overhang noun [C] (STICK OUT)

the part of a rock or roof that sticks out over something below: The church is unsafe because it was built on an overhang.

overhang noun [C] (EFFECT)

something that has a negative effect on a situation: Prices are unlikely to increase while there is an overhang of 40,000 unsold new houses.
overhanging
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
the overhanging branches of a tree
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