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[oh-ver-leep] /ˌoʊ vərˈlip/
verb (used with object), overleaped or overleapt, overleaping.
to leap over or across:
to overleap a fence.
to overreach (oneself) by leaping too far:
to overleap oneself with ambition.
to pass over or omit:
to overleap important steps and reach erroneous conclusions.
Archaic. to leap farther than; outleap.
Origin of overleap
before 900; Middle English overlepen, Old English oferhlēapan. See over-, leap Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I thought they only missed the stirrup; I find they overleap the saddle.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Some were seen springing high in the air, as if to overleap the pit.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • In one direction at least, limits are clearly discernible which scientific investigation need not hope to overleap.

  • The order of all life is by steps; these we cannot overleap.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • See you yonder rock—the largest—where the foam breaks most fiercely, as if in wrath because it cannot overleap it?

    The Norsemen in the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • The world hungers for a voice which will overleap the frontiers of nations and of classes.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • I have drawn around thee a magic circle of curses which he cannot overleap.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • The flowers that overleap all bounds in this section are the houstonias.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • We cannot overleap the barriers by which Life is constrained.

  • I often overleap the steps when I clamber; for so doing, none of the steps pardons me.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche

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