over·match | \ˌō-vər-ˈmach \
overmatched; overmatching; overmatches

Definition of overmatch 

transitive verb

1 : to be more than a match for : defeat

2 : to match with a superior opponent

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Examples of overmatch in a Sentence

an indomitable spirit that no amount of adversity could overmatch

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In its knockout game with Spain, Russia was overmatched but stunned Spain on penalty kicks. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Casting a wary eye toward World Cup host Russia," 6 July 2018 The Phillies looked overmatched by Yankees pitching for a second straight night. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies shut out by Yankees as defense fails Jake Arrieta again," 26 June 2018 But he was physically overmatched by Haas, and fouling was his only weapon. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Elbow injury ends career of Purdue’s Isaac Haas, bullied to the breaking point," 16 Mar. 2018 Tunisia looked overmatched from the first whistle—and that was before losing its starting goalkeeper to injury inside the opening 15 minutes. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Kane Leads England to Victory With Last-Minute Winner Against Tunisia," 18 June 2018 Rozier hit 7 of 9 three-pointers and finished with eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes, 53 seconds Worst performance: Covington just looked overmatched against the Celtics. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers-Celtics observations, 'best' and 'worst' awards: Defensive and three-point woes," 1 May 2018 Henson played briefly with the Yankees, but was overmatched by MLB pitching and went to the NFL. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Tim Tebow Comes To Hartford: Baseball Has Long Been Fascinated With Football Heroes," 6 May 2018 The move thrilled everybody in the Bears organization except perhaps backup center Hroniss Grasu, the overmatched third-round pick from 2015. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Everything relative, but after draft Bears can say they're most improved team in NFC North," 28 Apr. 2018 So today, small thoughts: Tanner Rainey has never looked anything but overmatched in the big leagues. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of overmatch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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