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over- +‎ dare


overdare (third-person singular simple present overdares, present participle overdaring, simple past and past participle overdared)

  1. (intransitive) To dare too much or rashly; to be too daring.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, London: William Jones,[1]
      Meete you for this, proud ouerdaring peeres,
      Ere my sweete Gaueston shall part from me,
      This Ile shall fleete vpon the Ocean,
      And wander to the vnfrequented Inde.
    • 1912, William Butler Yeats, The Countess Cathleen, Scene III, in Poems, London: T. Fisher Unwin, p. 59,[2]
      When one so great has spoken of love to one
      So little as I, though to deny him love,
      What can he but hold out beseeching hands,
      Then let them fall beside him, knowing how greatly
      They have overdared?

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for overdare in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)