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overreach Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb fail by aiming too high or trying too hard
  2. verb beat through cleverness and wit
    outsmart; beat; outwit; outfox; circumvent.
    • I beat the traffic
    • She outfoxed her competitors

O`ver*reach" transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Overreached (Overraught obsolete ); present participle & verbal noun Overreaching
  1. To reach above or beyond in any direction.
  2. To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat. Shak.
O`ver*reach" intransitive verb
  1. To reach too far; as: (a) To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot; -- said of horses. (b) (Naut.) To sail on one tack farther than is necessary. Shak.
  2. To cheat by cunning or deception.
O"ver*reach` noun
  1. The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; -- said of horses.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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