What does overreach mean?

Definitions for overreachˌoʊ vərˈritʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overreach.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overreach(verb)

    fail by aiming too high or trying too hard

  2. outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumvent(verb)

    beat through cleverness and wit

    "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"


  1. Overreach(v. t.)

    To defeat one's own purpose by trying to do too much or by trying too hard or with excessive eagerness; -- used reflexively; as, the candidate overreached himself by trying to plant false rumors, which backfired/


  1. overreach(Noun)

    The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; -- said of horses.

  2. overreach(Noun)

    The act of extending or reaching too far, overextension.

  3. overreach(Verb)

    To reach above or beyond in any direction.

  4. overreach(Verb)

    To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat.

  5. overreach(Verb)

    To reach too far

  6. overreach(Verb)

    To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot; -- said of horses.

  7. overreach(Verb)

    To sail on one tack farther than is necessary.

  8. overreach(Verb)

    To cheat by cunning or deception.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overreach

    ō-vėr-rēch′, v.t. to reach or extend beyond: to cheat or get the better of.—v.i. to strike the hindfoot against the forefoot, as a horse.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overreach in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overreach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Boehner:

    Our goal here is to fund the Department of Homeland Security. And our second goal is to stop the president's executive overreach.

  2. Harley LeBon:

    And if there is a bona fide question of neglect in my household, then Protective Services should be notified. Anything less than that is government overreach.

  3. Stephen Weymouth:

    He feels hugely remorseful for everything that's happened — for the injuries and the deaths — but he never intended to cause harm to anybody, it seems to be a bit of an overreach.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    Today's Democrat Party seems willing to go to any extreme to protect the kind of executive overreach President Obama once described as 'not how our democracy functions' -- even to block Homeland Security funding to get its way.

  5. Cris Thomas:

    Unfortunately that concern is manifesting itself in what some researchers feel is government overreach. This overreach is having a chilling effect on researchers many of whom have decided to no longer publish their findings or even worse stop researching all together, in some cases security researchers have taken to selling their information to anyone that will pay for them instead of openly publishing information.

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