overreach

verb over·reach \ ˌō-vər-ˈrēch , ˌō-və- \
|Updated on: 5 Jun 2018

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
2 a : to go to excess
3 : to overreach oneself

overreach

play \ˈō-vər-ˌrēch, ˈō-və-, ˌō-vər-ˈrēch, ˌō-və-\ noun

overreacher

play \ˈō-vər-ˌrē-chər, ˈō-və-, ˌō-vər-ˈrē-chər, ˌō-və-\ noun

Examples of overreach in a Sentence

  1. She overreaches in her latest book, and her argument is not convincing.

  2. The company overreached itself and ran out of money after one year.

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First Known Use of overreach

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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OVERREACH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of overreach for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

overreach

intransitive verb over·reach \ -ˈrēch \

medical Definition of overreach

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

Law Dictionary

overreach

transitive verb over·reach \ ˌō-vər-ˈrēch \

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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