Meaning of “overhang” in the English Dictionary

"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)