verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. overqualified,
  2. overquick,
  3. overrake,
  4. overran,
  5. overrate,
  6. overreact,
  7. overrefine,
  8. overrefinement,
  9. overreliance,
  10. overrepresent

Origin of overreach

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at over-, reach

Related formso·ver·reach·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for overreach



(tr) to defeat or thwart (oneself) by attempting to do or gain too much
(tr) to aim for but miss by going too far or attempting too much
to get the better of (a person) by trickery
(tr) to reach or extend beyond or over
(intr) to reach or go too far
(intr) (of a horse) to strike the back of a forefoot with the edge of the opposite hind foot
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Word Origin and History for overreach



c.1300, "to reach above or beyond" (transitive), from over- + reach (v.). Meaning "to extend over something, to cover it" is from c.1400. Sense of "to reach beyond one's strength" is from 1560s. As a noun from 1550s. Related: Overreached; overreaching.

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