over- + reach.
overreach (countable and uncountable, plural overreaches)
- The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; -- said of horses.
- 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.'"
overreach (third-person singular simple present overreaches, present participle overreaching, simple past and past participle overreached)
- To reach above or beyond in any direction.
- To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat.
- 1594, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, III. ii. 144:
- We'll overreach the greybeard Gremio,
- 1599, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, V. i. 78:
- This might be / the pate of a politician, which this ass now o'erreaches; / one that would circumvent God, might it not?
- To reach too far
- (of horses) To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot.
- (nautical) To sail on one tack farther than is necessary.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)