overacting

overact

[oh-ver-akt]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to act in an exaggerated manner.

Origin:
1605–15; over- + act

overaction, noun
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overact (ˌəʊvərˈækt)
 
vb
Also: overplay to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical production

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overact
1611, "to go too far in action," from over + act (q.v.). Meaning "to play a part with too much emphasis, to chew the scenery" is from 1631.
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