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overreach

[oh-ver-reech] /ˌoʊ vərˈritʃ/
verb (used with object)
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 excess, as by a straining effort:
to overreach one's arm and strain a muscle.
4.
to defeat (oneself) by overdoing matters, often by excessive eagerness or cunning:
In trying to promote disunity he had overreached himself.
5.
to strain or exert (oneself or itself) to the point of exceeding the purpose.
6.
to get the better of, especially by deceit or trickery; outwit:
Every time you deal with them you wonder if they're overreaching you.
7.
to overtake.
8.
Obsolete. to overpower.
verb (used without object)
9.
to reach or extend over something.
10.
to reach too far:
In grabbing for the rope he overreached and fell.
11.
to cheat others.
12.
(of a running or walking horse) to strike, or strike and injure, the forefoot with the hind foot.
13.
Nautical. to sail on a tack longer than is desirable or was intended; overstand.
Origin of overreach
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see over-, reach
Related forms
overreacher, noun
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  • You cannot overreach your master, old as you think him, either in love or politics.

    Peveril of the Peak Sir Walter Scott
  • Now in regard to this bread, the Papists do overreach themselves.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Rogue that he is, he always suspects some trick, and one must be more of a fox than he is himself to overreach him.

  • She had taught him to get money; that it was shrewd and praiseworthy to overreach and deceive.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • This overreach of the hind feet takes place in most bounding animals.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
British Dictionary definitions for overreach

overreach

/ˌəʊvəˈriːtʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to defeat or thwart (oneself) by attempting to do or gain too much
2.
(transitive) to aim for but miss by going too far or attempting too much
3.
to get the better of (a person) by trickery
4.
(transitive) to reach or extend beyond or over
5.
(intransitive) to reach or go too far
6.
(intransitive) (of a horse) to strike the back of a forefoot with the edge of the opposite hind foot
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Word Origin and History for overreach
v.

c.1300, "to reach above or beyond" (transitive), from over- + reach (v.). Meaning "to extend over something, to cover it" is from c.1400. Sense of "to reach beyond one's strength" is from 1560s. As a noun from 1550s. Related: Overreached; overreaching.

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