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v. o·ver·played, o·ver·play·ing, o·ver·plays
a. To present (a dramatic role, for example) in an exaggerated manner.
b. To emphasize or stress unduly.
2. To overestimate the strength of (one's holding or position) with resulting defeat: overplayed his hand and lost the game.
3. Sports To hit (a golf ball) beyond the green.
To overdo a role or an effect.
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1. (tr) to exaggerate the importance of
2. (Theatre) another word for overact
3. overplay one's hand to overestimate the worth or strength of one's position
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.Idioms:
overplay one's hand, to overestimate the strength of one's position.
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Past participle: overplayed
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overplay[ˌəʊvəˈpleɪ] VT [+ issue, problem] → exagerar
to overplay (one's hand) → pasarse, ir demasiado lejos
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
overplay[ˌəʊvərˈpleɪ] vt [+ problem] → exagérer
to overplay one's hand → trop présumer de sa situation
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
overplay[ˌəʊvəˈpleɪ] vt → dare troppa importanza a
to overplay one's hand → sopravvalutare la propria posizione
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995