Definition of overreach
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
1 of a horse : to strike the forefoot with the front part of the hind foot
2a : to go to excessb : exaggerate
3 : to overreach oneself
overreachplay \ˈō-və(r)-ˌrēch, ˌō-və(r)-ˈrēch\ noun
overreacherplay \ˈō-və(r)-ˌrē-chər, ˌō-və(r)-ˈrē-chər\ 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 of overreach from the Web
And less time on paperwork and reporting and one thing and another and overreach by the federal government.
The legend of Jordan is under earnest assault, a story line that may overreach the re-rematch (three-match?) of the Cavs and Warriors.
Ubisoft clearly overreached, rolling out not one but two full-fledged Assassin's Creed games, and the strain on quality control was obvious.
Both have overreached – too far, too fast, too uncritical.
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First Known Use of overreach
OVERREACH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of overreach for English Language Learners
: to try to do something that is beyond your ability to do
Medical Definition of overreach
of a horse : to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot
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 court — Townsend v. Burke, 334 U.S. 736 (1948) must determine whether it overreached privilege — National Law Journal
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