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"overhang" in British English

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overhangverb [T]

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈhæŋ/ us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈhæŋ/ overhung, overhung

overhangnoun [C]

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hæŋ/ us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.hæŋ/
  • 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. Latin America's current debt overhang
overhanging
adjective uk   /ˈəʊ.vəˈhæŋ.ɪŋ/ us   /ˈoʊ.vɚˈhæŋ.ɪŋ/
the overhanging branches of a tree
(Definition of overhang from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overhang" in American English

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overhangverb [T]

us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈhæŋ/ past tense and past participle overhung /ˌoʊ·vərˈhʌŋ/
(of something at a high level) to stick out farther than something at a lower level and therefore not to have any support from below, or to hang over: The balcony overhangs the patio, creating a shady place to sit.
overhang
noun [C] us   /ˈoʊ·vərˌhæŋ/
The house has a deep overhang facing the southern sun.
(Definition of overhang from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"overhang" in Business English

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overhangnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   /ˈəʊvəˌhæŋ/ us  
COMMERCE a quantity of goods or other things that have not been sold when they should have been: a stock/an inventory/a supply overhang We're about to enter the selling season with a really big supply overhang.an overhang of sth Prices are unlikely to increase while there is an overhang of 40,000 unsold new houses.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a situation on a stock market in which a quantity of shares is available but not sold, reducing their price: an overhang of sth The potential overhang of more than 200 million shares of stock is one of a number of financial and legal risks that investors in the company face.

overhangverb [T]

uk   /ˌəʊvəˈhæŋ/ us   overhung, overhung
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to bring down the price of something because there is too much of it available: Massive gold stocks continue to overhang the market, traders say.
(Definition of overhang from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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