overreach

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ reach.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

overreach (plural overreaches)

  1. The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; -- said of horses.
  2. The act of extending or reaching too far, overextension.
    • 2010, Brian Montopoli, CBS News Obama: People Saw "Overreach" in My Actions:
      But, you know, I'm sympathetic to folks who looked at it and said, 'This is looking like potential overreach.'"

Verb[edit]

overreach (third-person singular simple present overreaches, present participle overreaching, simple past and past participle overreached)

  1. To reach above or beyond in any direction.
  2. To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat.
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  3. To reach too far
  4. (of horses) To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot.
  5. (nautical) To sail on one tack farther than is necessary.
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