overplay one's cards

Definition of overplay one's cards

  1. :  to make a mistake due to the belief that one's position is stronger or better than it really is The union overplayed its cards by demanding too much, causing the company to withdraw what would have been its best offer.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to present (a dramatic role) extravagantly :  exaggerate

    :  to place too much emphasis on

    :  to strike a golf ball beyond (a putting green)

cardplay cards
  1. :  to cleanse, disentangle, and collect together (fibers) by the use of cards preparatory to spinning

  1. :  an instrument or machine for carding fibers that consists usually of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back

    :  an implement for raising a nap on cloth

  1. :  playing card

    :  a game played with cards

    :  card playing

  1. :  to place or fasten on or by means of a card

    :  to provide with a card

    :  to list or record on a card

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to cast off or become cast off

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