Simple Definition of overreach
: to try to do something that is beyond your ability to do
Full Definition of overreach
1 : to reach above or beyond : overtop
2 : to defeat (oneself) by seeking to do or gain too much
3 : to get the better of especially in dealing and bargaining and typically by unscrupulous or crafty methods
1 of a horse : to strike the forefoot with the front part of the hind foot
2 a : to go to excess b : exaggerate
3 : to overreach oneself
Examples of overreach in a sentence
She overreaches in her latest book, and her argument is not convincing.
The company overreached itself and ran out of money after one year.
First Known Use of overreach
Medical Definition of overreach
of a horse : to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot
Legal Definition of overreach
: to make (someone or something) the subject of overreaching <this uncounseled defendant was…overreached by the prosecution's submission of misinformation to the court — Townsend v. Burke, 334 U.S. 736 (1948)> <must determine whether it overreached privilege — National Law Journal>
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