[ oh-ver-reech ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈritʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of overreach

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


o·ver·reach·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for overreach

British Dictionary definitions for overreach

/ (ˌəʊvəˈriːtʃ) /


(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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