- 1Give undue importance to; overemphasize: he thinks the idea of a special relationship between sitter and artist is much overplayedMore example sentences
- The director of the Edinburgh Film Festival said the film was influential but its overall importance was overplayed in Scotland.
- Their major claimed benefits may overplay the importance of sharing knowledge and expertise and underplay issues such as social conflict, cultural difference and opportunism.
- It's possible to overplay the importance of plotting.
- 1.1Exaggerate the performance of (a dramatic role): the uncontrollable urge of ham actors to overplay their partsMore example sentences
- No one overplays their role, and provide journeyman performances.
- She never overplays her role nor underplays it - in essence, she was the perfect choice for this role and makes a stunning cinematic debut.
- A vice-president has ‘moments when his nerves give and he overplays his role’.
overplay one's hand
- 2Spoil one’s chance of success through excessive confidence in one’s position: she chose to overplay her hand and lost the sympathy of those who could have saved herMore example sentences
- Do not overplay your hand as this will rebound on you.
- A good magician, he explains, anticipates the way in which the audience thinks, never overplays his hand and works intelligently with the belief system of the people in front of him.
- Instead, he overplayed his hand and introduced doubts and inconsistencies with his failed dossiers.
More definitions of overplayDefinition of overplay in:
- The US English dictionary