verb over·reach \ˌō-və(r)-ˈrēch\

: to try to do something that is beyond your ability to do

Full Definition of OVERREACH

transitive verb
:  to reach above or beyond :  overtop
:  to defeat (oneself) by seeking to do or gain too much
:  to get the better of especially in dealing and bargaining and typically by unscrupulous or crafty methods
intransitive verb
of a horse :  to strike the forefoot with the front part of the hind foot
a :  to go to excess
b :  exaggerate
:  to overreach oneself
over·reach \ˈō-və(r)-ˌrēch, ˌō-və(r)-ˈ\ noun
over·reach·er \-ˌrē-chər, -ˈrē-chər\ noun

Examples of OVERREACH

  1. She overreaches in her latest book, and her argument is not convincing.
  2. The company overreached itself and ran out of money after one year.

First Known Use of OVERREACH

14th century
Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb over·reach \-ˈrēch\

Medical Definition of OVERREACH

of a horse :  to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot


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