overplay one's hand

Definition of overplay one's hand

  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 hand by demanding too much, causing the company to withdraw what would have been its best offer.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  to place too much emphasis on

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

handplay
  1. :  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ :  the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

    :  the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

    :  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. :  with the hands rather than by machine

  1. :  to touch or manage with the hands

    :  to deal with

    :  furl


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