overreach

verb
over·​reach | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio) , ˌō-və-\
overreached; overreaching; overreaches

Definition of overreach

transitive verb

1 : to reach above or beyond : overtop
2 : to defeat (oneself) by seeking to do or gain too much
3 : to get the better of especially in dealing and bargaining and typically by unscrupulous or crafty methods

intransitive verb

1 of a horse : to strike the forefoot with the front part of the hind foot
2a : to go to excess
3 : to overreach oneself

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Other Words from overreach

overreach \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio) , ˈō-​və-​ , ˌō-​vər-​ˈrēch , ˌō-​və-​ \ noun
overreacher \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌrē-​chər How to pronounce overreacher (audio) , ˈō-​və-​ , ˌō-​vər-​ˈrē-​chər , ˌō-​və-​ \ noun

Examples of overreach in a Sentence

She overreaches in her latest book, and her argument is not convincing. The company overreached itself and ran out of money after one year.

Recent Examples on the Web

From talk radio to Fox News to Breitbart, alternative public spheres coalesced as echo chambers, where climate science could be regularly parried and parodied and conservative precepts about government overreach perpetually reinforced. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 Danger comes calling when the winning side in a political fight either overreaches in its hour of triumph or fails to turn newly won political capital into something useful. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "For Democrats, Shutdown Success Also Brings Danger," 28 Jan. 2019 These kinds of results, combined with retaking the House, are hardly what happens to a party that overreached ideologically. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange argument that Democrats actually lost the midterms, debunked," 9 Nov. 2018 The candidates sparred over immigration, health care and even the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which Yoder said had overreached in the past on regulations, hurting the economy. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "Embattled GOP incumbent tries to paint Democrat as radical," 30 Oct. 2018 If the Democrats overreached to impeach this President ... PIRRO: Wait a minute. Fox News, "Anthony Scaramucci on Trump's Ohio rally, 2018 midterms," 5 Aug. 2018 Critics have long assailed Aadhaar, calling it a case of government overreach that could lead to snooping on citizens, and saying that keeping such data in one location provides a tantalizing target for hackers. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "India’s Top Court Rules Massive Biometric Identity Database Legal—With Restrictions," 26 Sep. 2018 Libertarians took up the protest, saying that the government was overreaching. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products," 6 June 2018 This is another proof point for my Big Idea from last Friday: Once again, a Republican judge just went further than his Democratic counterparts on the bench in checking Trump’s overreach on immigration. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Mick Mulvaney’s confession highlights the corrosive influence of money in politics," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overreach

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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overreach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overreach

: to try to do something that is beyond your ability to do

overreach

intransitive verb
over·​reach | \ -ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio) \

Medical Definition of overreach

of a horse
: to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot

overreach

transitive verb
over·​reach | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio) \

Legal Definition of overreach

: to make (someone or something) the subject of overreaching this uncounseled defendant was…overreached by the prosecution's submission of misinformation to the courtTownsend v. Burke, 334 U.S. 736 (1948) must determine whether it overreached privilegeNational Law Journal

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