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    Default to overhaul

    1) I had my car overhauled today.
    2) I think you should overhaul your essay...there are too many mistakes.
    3) Why don't you overhaul your way of teaching?


    Is it "to overhaul" possible in these three contexts?

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    Default Re: to overhaul

    I don't commonly see this word used figuratively. If you were to overhaul something, it would need to be a massive, complete change in the way something works.

    We might talk of a nation's tax system or social benefits being overhauled, but not about an essay.

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    Default Re: to overhaul

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't commonly see this word used figuratively. If you were to overhaul something, it would need to be a massive, complete change in the way something works.

    We might talk of a nation's tax system or social benefits being overhauled, but not about an essay.
    ANd what verb should be used instead of "to overhaul"?

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    Default Re: to overhaul

    You would rewrite or revise and essay.

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    Default Re: to overhaul

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You would rewrite or revise an essay.
    - though, in Br English, 'overhaul' is used with reference to mechanics - though often as a noun: 'The car needs a complete overhaul.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    - though, in Br English, 'overhaul' is used with reference to mechanics - though often as a noun: 'The car needs a complete overhaul.'

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    Yes, here, too. That would be the "non-figurative" meaning.

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    Default Re: to overhaul

    Sorry - missed that.

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