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overleap

[oh-ver-leep] /ˌoʊ vərˈlip/
verb (used with object), overleaped or overleapt, overleaping.
1.
to leap over or across:
to overleap a fence.
2.
to overreach (oneself) by leaping too far:
to overleap oneself with ambition.
3.
to pass over or omit:
to overleap important steps and reach erroneous conclusions.
4.
Archaic. to leap farther than; outleap.
Origin of overleap
900
before 900; Middle English overlepen, Old English oferhlēapan. See over-, leap
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  • We cannot overleap the barriers by which Life is constrained.

  • Some were seen springing high in the air, as if to overleap the pit.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • I thought they only missed the stirrup; I find they overleap the saddle.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • I have drawn around thee a magic circle of curses which he cannot overleap.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • These prescribe the route in which it must exercise itself, and the bounds which it must not overleap.

    Popular Tales

    Madame Guizot
  • The order of all life is by steps; these we cannot overleap.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • The world hungers for a voice which will overleap the frontiers of nations and of classes.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • Well, well, we must not overleap the quiet current of our story.

  • The Latin of thy namesake Jerome is a barrier I cannot overleap.

  • The flowers that overleap all bounds in this section are the houstonias.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs

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