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. Hawaiis Trump:

    This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach.

  2. Charles Krauthammer:

    I think, deep down, he believes the war on terror was a gross overreach.

  3. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence:

    This isn't about disputes between individuals, it's about government overreach.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    We must always resist the overreach that comes when we make decisions based upon fear.

  5. West Virginia:

    This decision is a critical victory in our fight against this onerous federal overreach.

Images & Illustrations of overreach

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