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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Three hung at least that many points on overmatched opening opponents. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Mighty Fine: North Texas QB completes nation-best 40 passes," 3 Sep. 2018 Policy confrontations, on the other hand, tend to leave him looking overmatched. Ezra Klein, Vox, "To beat Trump, House Democrats need to fight on policy, not just scandals," 12 Nov. 2018 Wednesday's game showed these aren't the same Raptors, some overmatched squad that is destined for a lopsided outcome like last year's playoffs, when Toronto was swept out of the conference semifinals with relative ease. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers' road to NBA Finals has never been tougher, as changed Toronto Raptors show: Chris Fedor," 22 Mar. 2018 Cavs coach Tyronn Lue will continue to start Love at center, where Love is physically overmatched by Valanciunas. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers Pregame Scribbles: Head games in playoffs -- Terry Pluto," 3 May 2018 Yes, the Flyers got bounced in the first round and they were overmatched. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Philly sports fans should enjoy the ride | Marcus Hayes," 13 May 2018 But at 5-11 and 178 pounds, won't he be seriously overmatched by NFC South WRs like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans? Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?," 28 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of overmatch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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