over·​match | \ ˌō-vər-ˈmach How to pronounce overmatch (audio) \
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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Some observers thought that this pugnacious special education teacher would prove an uncontrollable wildman or a prototypical union thug or a cartoonish, overmatched Lilliputian. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "A.J. Duffy, a combative, colorful leader of L.A. teachers union, dies at 75," 11 July 2019 But after beating overmatched Thailand and Chile by a combined 16-0 in its first two games, the U.S. didn’t even get a full-strength Sweden team to play. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "USA Refuses to Avoid Harder Women's World Cup Route–and Is Dealt a Knockout Gauntlet," 20 June 2019 Newcomer Tyler Boyd scored two goals to guide the United States past overmatched Guyana 4-0 to start the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday night, getting the Americans back on track in their first competitive game in 20 months. chicagotribune.com, "Newcomer Tyler Boyd scores twice as U.S. routs Guyana 4-0 in Gold Cup opener," 18 June 2019 For one of the first times in the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors appeared overmatched. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors must now make history after Game 4 loss puts them in 3-1 Finals hole," 7 June 2019 A day after being held to one hit, the Orioles were overmatched against Bieber (3-2). Steve Herrick, The Seattle Times, "Bieber fans 15 in 1st complete game, Indians rout O’s 10-0," 19 May 2019 Athletic enough to think he won’t be totally overmatched. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Rodions Kurucs Scouting Report and Highlights," 17 June 2018 Firenze Fire Trainer: Jason Servis Jockey: Paco Lopez Odds: 50-1 Drape: An awful post for a horse that has been overmatched all year. New York Times, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Odds and Our Experts’ Predictions," 4 May 2018 Meanwhile, the sidelined, stay-at-home Mr. Parr is the center of a comic subplot that has him overmatched by domestic chores — dealing with his daughter’s teen meltdown, his son’s new math, and baby Jack-Jack’s manic energy. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Incredibles 2': Worth the 14-year wait," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of overmatch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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