overclaim

verb
over·​claim | \ ˌō-vər-ˈklām How to pronounce overclaim (audio) \
overclaimed; overclaiming

Definition of overclaim

transitive + intransitive

1 : to claim too much of (something, such as an expense) Not shockingly, the most popular form of deceit is underreporting income, followed by overclaiming deductions.— Maurie Backman … handed back more than £70,000 of taxpayers' money after overclaiming on expenses …— Tim Shipman
2 : to make a false or exaggerated claim about (something) has a tendency to overclaim his accomplishments … allowed the researchers to, in effect, overclaim the significance of what they had found …— Jesse Singal Sometimes the product claims are valid, Martin says, but some sales reps are overclaiming.— Lisa Guenther

Other Words from overclaim

overclaim noun, plural overclaims
… the process leads to millions of cases where taxpayers inadvertently make overclaims that the IRS does not identify until months later … Office of the (United States) National Taxpayer Advocate the advertisement's alleged overclaims

First Known Use of overclaim

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overclaim. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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