Definition of overreach in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈriːtʃ/


1 [no object] Reach out too far: never lean sideways from a ladder or overreach
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  • When your muscles don't recover, overload training evolves into overreaching, characterized by fatigue, decreased performance and a recovery time of about 2-3 weeks.
  • Never overreach, lean out or away, push or pull a ladder while standing on it.
  • Once on your perch, don't overreach or lean when working.
1.1 (overreach oneself) Try to do more than is possible: the Church overreached itself in securing a territory that would prove impossible to hold
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  • Also, he tended to overreach himself by overdoing the glycerine act.
  • I believe some legislators have overreached themselves in resorting to law provisions to safeguard women's rights.
  • The day came, however, when the authorities overreached themselves.
try to do too much, overestimate one's ability, overdo it, overstretch oneself, strain oneself, wear/burn oneself out, go too far, try to be too clever/smart, bite off more than one can chew, be too clever by half, have too many irons in the fire, have too many balls in the air, defeat one's own ends, have one's scheme backfire on one, have one's scheme boomerang on one, be hoist with one's own petard
1.2(Of a horse or dog) bring the hind feet so far forward that they fall alongside or strike the forefeet: the horse overreached jumping the first hurdle
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  • Forging and overreaching are indications that the horse is moving out of balance, either in the foot specifically or in the entire body.
  • When overreaching occurs a horse may strike the sole of the front foot, as it lifts off the ground, with the toe of the hind foot.
2 [with object] Get the better of by cunning; outwit: Faustus’s lunacy in thinking he can overreach the devil
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  • Let him suspect an officer of trying to overreach him in any matter of unauthorised stores, and he became as adamant.
  • The plaintiff then amended his complaint to add a claim for relief from the Illinois judgment on the ground that it had been obtained by fraudulently overreaching him.



Pronunciation: /ˌəʊvəˈriːtʃə/
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  • They were forgiving, as they are always, for they know my history as an overreacher and have heard me give the same soliloquy many times.
  • Great England's Glory was thus already vulnerable as clandestine overreacher: and the suspicion that this might be so had already been brilliantly disseminated by Essex's enemies, the Jesuits.
  • You can read these mistakes as those of an overreacher - he's never run a large company, so why did he assume he could run Disney?

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