verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of overplay
Examples from the Web for overplay
He is counting on his opponents to overplay their hand, and a forgiving public to let him do his job as governor.
Republicans here have their work cut-out, but there is always the possibility that the Democrats will overplay their hand.Stuffy Old Men: Region, Religion, Race and Class Define and Buffet GOP|Lloyd Green|March 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Wells transformed old cheating and heart songs into soul music by resisting the overplay of emotion, writes singer Laura Cantrell.Kitty Wells, The Girl Singer Who Became Country’s Queen|Laura Cantrell|July 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The main hope for the Have Nots is a Republican tendency to overplay their hand.
“Obama has to be careful not to overplay this as something he did personally,” says Feehery.
"Some day, though, he'll overplay his game," Benito prophesied.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
Even with such a negligible quantity as a deserted husband, it is a mistake to overplay the part.The Far Horizon|Lucas Malet
We scold it caressingly, as one reproves the overplay of a gracious child.From the Oak to the Olive|Julia Ward Howe
She was not fool enough to overplay her hand, so her greeting was still disdainful, but when he tarried she did not send him away.The Roof Tree|Charles Neville Buck
"to emphasize (something) too much," 1933, a metaphor from card games, in to overplay (one's) hand, "to spoil one's hand by bidding in excess of its value" (1926), from over- + play (v.). The word was used earlier in a theatrical sense. Related: Overplayed; overplaying.