overreach

  • 1 overreach — over·reach /ˌō vər rēch/ vt: to make (someone or something) the subject of overreaching this uncounseled defendant was...overreach ed by the prosecution s submission of misinformation to the court Townsend v. Burke, 334 U.S. 736 (1948) must… …

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  • 2 overreach — ► VERB (overreach oneself) ▪ fail through being too ambitious or trying too hard …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 overreach — [ō΄vər rēch′, ō′vər rēch΄] vt. 1. to reach or stretch beyond or above; extend beyond 2. to reach too far for and miss 3. to get the better of by cunning or cheating; outwit vi. 1. to reach too far 2. to strike the forefoot with the hind foot:… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Overreach — O ver*reach ([=o] v[ e]r*r[=e]ch ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overreached}, ({Overraught}, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Overreaching}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To reach above or beyond in any direction. [1913 Webster] 2. To deceive, or get the better of, by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Overreach — O ver*reach , v. i. 1. To reach too far; as: (a) To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot; said of horses. (b) (Naut.) To sail on one tack farther than is necessary. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To cheat by cunning… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Overreach — O ver*reach ([=o] v[ e]r*r[=e]ch ), n. The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; said of horses. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 overreach — (v.) c.1300, to reach above or beyond (trans.), from OVER (Cf. over) + REACH (Cf. reach). Meaning to extend over something, to cover it is from c.1400. Sense of to reach beyond one s strength is from 1560s. Related: Overreached; overreaching …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 overreach — oneself …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 9 overreach — *cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 overreach — UK [ˌəʊvəˈriːtʃ] / US [ˌoʊvərˈrɪtʃ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms overreach : present tense I/you/we/they overreach he/she/it overreaches present participle overreaching past tense overreached past participle overreached to try to do… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 overreach — Date: 14th century 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 overreach — overreacher, n. /oh veuhr reech /, v.t. 1. to reach or extend over or beyond: The shelf overreached the nook and had to be planed down. 2. to go beyond, as a thing aimed at or sought: an arrow that had overreached the target. 3. to stretch to… …

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  • 13 overreach — 1. noun a) The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; said of horses. But, you know, Im sympathetic to folks who looked at it and said, This is looking like potential overreach. b) The act of extending or… …

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  • 14 overreach — o|ver|reach [ˌəuvəˈri:tʃ US ˌou ] v overreach yourself to try to do more than you have the power, ability, or money to do ▪ The company overreached itself financially …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 overreach — o|ver|reach [ ,ouvər ritʃ ] verb intransitive or transitive to try to do more than your ability, authority, or money will allow: overreach yourself: He has overreached himself financially. ╾ o|ver|reach / oUvEr,ritS / noun count or uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 overreach — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)ri͟ːtʃ[/t]] overreaches, overreaching, overreached also over reach VERB If you say that someone overreaches themselves, you mean that they fail at something because they are trying to do more than they are able to. [V pron refl] He… …

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  • 17 overreach — verb 1》 reach too far.     ↘(overreach oneself) try to do more than is possible. 2》 (of a horse, dog, etc.) bring the hind feet so far forward that they fall alongside or strike the forefeet. 3》 outwit …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 overreach — verb (T) overreach yourself to try to do more than you have the ability or money to do: The company overreached itself financially …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 overreach — v.tr. circumvent, outwit; get the better of by cunning or artifice. Phrases and idioms: overreach oneself 1 strain oneself by reaching too far. 2 defeat one s object by going too far …

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  • 20 overreach — over·reach rēch vi of a horse to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot …

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