Definitions for overplayˌoʊ vərˈpleɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•playˌoʊ vərˈpleɪ(v.t.)

  1. to exaggerate or overemphasize (one's role in a play, an emotion, an effect, etc.).

  2. to put too much stress on the value or importance of.

  3. to hit (a golf ball) past the putting green.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for overplay:

  1. overplay one's hand, to overestimate the strength of one's position.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of overplay:

1640–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overact, ham it up, ham, overplay(verb)

    exaggerate one's acting

Wiktionary

  1. overplay(Verb)

    and To overdo or overact one's effect or role.

    When Chris overacted his part again, the director warned that anyone overplaying would be barred from the next production

  2. overplay(Verb)

    To present something in a manner more dramatic than necessary.

    Although the play was wonderful, Joshua overplayed his role as the Beast.

  3. overplay(Verb)

    To overestimate one's strength in a game or event, which ultimately may end in a defeat.

    Jack won the last match of blackjack; Theo overplayed.

  4. overplay(Verb)

    To accidentally hit (one's golf ball) beyond "the green".

    The first few shots went wonderfully, but Robin overplayed the last and lost.

  5. Origin: From over + play.

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