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v. o·ver·reached, o·ver·reach·ing, o·ver·reach·es
1. To reach or extend over or beyond.
2. To miss by reaching too far or attempting too much: overreach a goal.
3. To defeat (oneself) by going too far or by doing or trying to gain too much.
4. To get the better of, especially by deceitful cleverness; outwit.
1. To reach or go too far.
2. To overreach oneself.
3. To outwit or cheat others.
4. To strike the front part of a hind foot against the rear or side part of a forefoot or foreleg on the same side of the body. Used of a horse.

o′ver·reach′ n.
o′ver·reach′er n.


someone who tends to overreach
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Yet the Kurds are still seen as the overreachers or the bringers of instability.
In fact, criticism of science, even indirect, is largely absent, though Fielding does laugh at the pretentions of cultural overreachers. He peppers Terrestrial Chrysipus with superfluous bits of Greek in the fashion of a semilearned naturalist whose insistent claims to authority belie his lack of proper learning.
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But Kipling, who repeatedly rejected the Laureateship, was suspicious of an elitism that aggrandized overreachers. Eventually, in poems such as "The Craftsman," "The Coiner," and in the short story "Proofs of Holy Writ," he intimated that he was closer to a self-effacing Shakespeare than the Victorian poet who had strutted behind Elizabethan masks.
The play's narrative about her ambition to obtain position and fame collapses into a heavily gendered cautionary tale about tyrannical overreachers and their demise.
Ernest Hemingway once described "overreachers" as those who "take that extra step, climb too high, lean too far, go too fast, get too grabby with the gods." Didn't Villa do just that when they searched in vain for a Champions League spot under Martin O'Neill with Alex McLeish still picking up the pieces?
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Faustus, making her the most engaging of McNally's "overreachers."
(24) If we find here only a nefarious desire to seize power for themselves, the rebels look to be little more than bold overreachers and any vision of egalitarianism is just cynical rhetoric.
These include verbal dexterity, the ability to reconfigure genre, the internalization of character, the creation of overreachers, gender reconceptualizations, and an emphasis on the creative imagination.
She then connects these "disembodied markers of collective military might" (173) with Marlowe's Tamburlaine, and offers a new, convincing reading of how early modern subjectivity--a marked if nascent form of individualism associated with Marlovian "overreachers"--might look different when the unitary figure is oppressed by the weight of number.
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