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v. o·ver·fished, o·ver·fish·ing, o·ver·fish·es
1. To fish (a body of water) to such a degree as to deplete or exhaust the supply of fish or shellfish.
2. To deplete or exhaust (a stock of fish or shellfish) by excessive fishing.
1. To overfish a body of water.
2. To overfish a stock of fish or shellfish.
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(Fishing) to fish excessively, thus reducing fish species, etc
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to fish (an area) excessively; exhaust the supply of usable fish in (a body of water).
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Past participle: overfished
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