- to react or respond more strongly than is necessary or appropriate.
Origin of overreact
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Examples from the Web for overreact
Nobody should overreact here, and they should think through the consequences of their actions.BP, Putin, and the Power of Oil
March 9, 2014
That's why human beings are evolved to overreact to certain kind of threats.We Shouldn't Treat Terrorism the Way We Treat Bathroom Falls
June 13, 2013
Schools get shot up and everybody has their solution, and we often overreact.NRA President: Don't 'Overreact' to Newtown Shooting
December 23, 2012
The Obama administration should not only react judiciously, it should also try to persuade Congress not to overreact either.The Palestinian Choice—And Ours
November 26, 2012
We should not be surprised when they occur, and most importantly we should not overreact if one is eventually successful.Al Qaeda On the Ropes
May 2, 2011
- (intr) to react excessively to something
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- To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.
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