overdirect

verb, transitive + intransitive over·di·rect \ ˌō-vər-də-ˈrekt , -dī- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overdirect

overdirected; overdirecting
: to direct the activities, performance, or course of (someone or something) in an excessive or overbearing manner
  • The manager is overdirecting the project.
  • Avoid overdirecting the interview.
  • I find that you make an actor terribly anxious when you overdirect him.
  • —Sydney Pollack
  • You don't want to be condescending to the audience by overdirecting their attention but by the same token you have to tell the story.
  • —Clint Eastwood
  • a director with a tendency to overdirect
  • We parents are overprotecting, overdirecting and doing a lot of hand-holding …
  • —Julie Lythcott-Haims

First Known Use of overdirect

1878


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