overclaim

verb, transitive + intransitive over·claim \ ˌō-vər-ˈklām \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overclaim

overclaimed; overclaiming
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

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


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