Definition of overplay
1a : to present (a dramatic role) extravagantly : exaggerateb : 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)
: 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 of overplay from the Web
Romero has overplayed his hand, but Usher isn't going to do anything about it yet.
The dialogue can occasionally feel a bit canned, as if lifted from a lesser sitcom, and the author overplays the scenes of his narrator as a feckless, self-loathing alcoholic, endlessly recycling glimpses of him drunk, drying out and drunk again.
But, the cynic in me can’t help but note that the Iran connection was overplayed last winter.
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First Known Use of overplay
OVERPLAY Defined for English Language Learners
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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