overplay

verb over·play \ ˌō-vər-ˈplā \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of overplay

transitive verb
1 a : to present (a dramatic role) extravagantly : exaggerate
b : to place too much emphasis on
2 : to rely too much on the strength of usually used in the phrase overplay one's hand
3 : to strike a golf ball beyond (a putting green)
intransitive verb
: to exaggerate a part or effect

Examples of overplay in a Sentence

  1. The network news overplayed the story just to get good ratings.

  2. He overplayed the death scene.

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First Known Use of overplay

1767



OVERPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

overplay

verb

Definition of overplay for English Language Learners

  • : to give too much attention to (something) : to make (something) seem more important than it really is

  • : to show too much emotion when acting in a play, movie, etc.



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