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
Recent Examples on the Web The Lions looked completely overmatched in their loss to the Vikings, and their inability to close out close games falls squarely on Patricia and his staff. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Grading the Detroit Lions at the midpoint of the season: The defense stinks," 8 Nov. 2019 Hagans looked overmatched with more turnovers (three) than points (two). Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky looks to avoid repeat of 2018 Duke embarrassment in No. 1-vs.-No. 2 opener," 4 Nov. 2019 The offensive line was overmatched at times, especially in the first half. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Matt Nagy has lost his aggressiveness, adding another layer to the Bears’ mess," 3 Nov. 2019 Georgia had a talent advantage at most positions -- maybe all of them -- but looked overmatched at critical junctures. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Georgia done as CFP contender, LSU’s O is real deal," 13 Oct. 2019 While ace Jose Berrios wasn’t nearly aggressive enough in Game 1, and surprise starter Randy Dobnak was overmatched in Game 2, Odorizzi was everything the Twins could have hoped for in Game 3. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Twins starter Jake Odorizzi deserved better on a night he silenced the Yankees," 7 Oct. 2019 Alfonzo McKinnie, Thompson’s defensive replacement, looked overmatched at times against forward Kawhi Leonard (30 points on 9-for-17 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists). Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors waste Stephen Curry’s 47-point night in Game 3 loss to Raptors," 6 June 2019 With few exceptions, Davis just looks lost and completely overmatched at the plate. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A closer look at Khris Davis’ prolonged slump," 7 Sep. 2019 Te’o in particular looked completely overmatched as Alabama rolled up 265 rushing yards, ground the Irish into dust and drained the title game of its drama with a quickness. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Notre Dame's Vacated 2012 Wins May Not Officially Exist, but Their Oddities Endure," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of overmatch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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