overplay

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verb over·play \ˌō-vər-ˈplā\

Definition of overplay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to present (as a dramatic role) extravagantly :  exaggerate b :  to place too much emphasis on

  3. 2 :  to rely too much on the strength of —usually used in the phrase overplay one's hand

  4. 3 :  to strike a golf ball beyond (a putting green)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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.

1767

First Known Use of overplay

1767



OVERPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

overplay

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verb over·play \ˌō-vər-ˈplā\

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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