[ oh-ver-reech ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈritʃ /
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verb (used with object)
to reach or extend over or beyond: The shelf overreached the nook and had to be planed down.
to go beyond, as a thing aimed at or sought: an arrow that had overreached the target.
to stretch to excess, as by a straining effort: to overreach one's arm and strain a muscle.
to defeat (oneself) by overdoing matters, often by excessive eagerness or cunning: In trying to promote disunity he had overreached himself.
to strain or exert (oneself or itself) to the point of exceeding the purpose.
to get the better of, especially by deceit or trickery; outwit: Every time you deal with them you wonder if they're overreaching you.
Obsolete. to overpower.
verb (used without object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM overreacho·ver·reach·er, noun
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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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