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[verb oh-ver-bid; noun oh-ver-bid] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈbɪd; noun ˈoʊ vərˌbɪd/
verb (used with object), overbid, overbidding.
to bid more than the value of (a thing):
to overbid one's cards.
to outbid:
She overbid him for the painting.
verb (used without object), overbid, overbidding.
to bid more than the actual value or worth:
a tendency to overbid at auctions; to overbid at bridge.
a higher bid.
Origin of overbid
First recorded in 1610-20; over- + bid1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for overbid
Historical Examples
  • Then he tried to buy the craft to take out the diamond, but Tom overbid him.

  • This must not be understood as a suggestion that a partner should seldom be overbid.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work
  • The hands are much too strong to call one Spade, as that also might not be overbid.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work
  • Mr. Brice was a Yankee and no gentleman, inasmuch as he had overbid a lady for Hester.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • All I ast is for you to not overbid your hands, and I'll do the rest.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • Roger bid for them, and was overbid by a farmer of the name of Hatch.

  • Any overbid of an adversary shows strength; an overbid of a partner who has declared No-trump may show weakness.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work
  • He should, therefore, overbid it whenever he has sufficient strength to justify such action.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work
British Dictionary definitions for overbid


verb (ˌəʊvəˈbɪd) -bids, -bidding, -bid, -bidden, -bid
(intransitive) (bridge) to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win
to bid more than the value of (something)
noun (ˈəʊvəˌbɪd)
a bid higher than someone else's bid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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