overpromise

verb, transitive + intransitive over·prom·ise \ ˌō-vər-ˈprä-məs \

Definition of overpromise

overpromised; overpromising
: to promise more than is possible or realistic
  • Political candidates always overpromise or else the electorate won't bother to show up at their rallies.
  • —Michael Gomez
  • … received sharp criticism for overpromising and underperforming.
  • Industry Week
  • Then a change in the Facebook algorithm punished click bait, which can tend to overpromise on what it links to. Steep traffic drops followed.
  • —Jim Rutenberg
  • To close a deal, bad vendors tend to overpromise features that they claim will be added down the line but never materialize.
  • —Michael Kan

First Known Use of overpromise

1677

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