Meaning of overreach
Pronunciation: (ō"vur-rēch'), [key]
- to reach or extend over or beyond: The shelf overreached the nook and had to be planed down.
- to go beyond, as a thing aimed at or sought: an arrow that had overreached the target.
- to stretch to excess, as by a straining effort: to overreach one's arm and strain a muscle.
- to defeat (oneself&hasp;) by overdoing matters, often by excessive eagerness or cunning: In trying to promote disunity he had overreached himself.
- to strain or exert (oneself or itself&hasp;) to the point of exceeding the purpose.
- to get the better of, esp. by deceit or trickery; outwit: Every time you deal with them you wonder if they're overreaching you.
- to overtake.
- to overpower.
- to reach or extend over something.
- to reach too far: In grabbing for the rope he overreached and fell.
- to cheat others.
- (of a running or walking horse) to strike, or strike and injure, the forefoot with the hind foot.
- to sail on a tack longer than is desirable or was intended; overstand.
- overreach (Thesaurus)