overplay

verb
over·​play | \ ˌō-vər-ˈplā How to pronounce overplay (audio) \
overplayed; overplaying; overplays

Definition of overplay

transitive verb

1a : 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

The network news overplayed the story just to get good ratings. He overplayed the death scene.
Recent Examples on the Web Metaphors abound, but Biancheri doesn’t overplay her hand on that front. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 1 Dec. 2021 At the same time, Dr. Kaler says it’s imperative not to overplay divisions. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Feb. 2022 Putin is a reminder to Xi that tough guys who overplay their hands can become global pariahs, undermining their power at home in the bargain. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2022 Metaphors abound, but Biancheri doesn’t overplay her hand on that front. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 1 Dec. 2021 This means Republicans must be careful not to overplay their hands. Karl Rove, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 Metaphors abound, but Biancheri doesn’t overplay her hand on that front. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 1 Dec. 2021 The Erwins don’t overplay their hand, however, with the exception of the portrayal of Martz. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 18 Dec. 2021 Metaphors abound, but Biancheri doesn’t overplay her hand on that front. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overplay

1767, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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28 Apr 2022

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“Overplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overplay. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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