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o·ver·reach

 (ō′vər-rēch′)
v. o·ver·reached, o·ver·reach·ing, o·ver·reach·es
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.overreaching - revealing excessive self-confidence; reaching for the heights; "vaulting ambition"
bold - fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"
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References in classic literature ?
(without in the least suspecting it) have ended in overreaching himself.' "
"That is very good," said Miss Tita, as if she had become conscious that her own question might have looked overreaching.
Here Buto, the rhinoceros, blundered blindly in his solitary majesty, while by night the great cats paced silently upon their padded feet beneath the dense canopy of overreaching trees toward the broad plain beyond, where they found their best hunting.
To these were added such considerations as the constant residence of Mr Squeers at a long distance from London, which rendered his association with Mrs Sliderskew a mere masquerading frolic, in which nobody was likely to recognise him, either at the time or afterwards; the impossibility of Ralph's undertaking the task himself, he being already known to her by sight; and various comments on the uncommon tact and experience of Mr Squeers: which would make his overreaching one old woman a mere matter of child's play and amusement.
Beasts of prey, are they: in their "working"--there is even plundering, in their "earning"--there is even overreaching! Therefore shall they have it hard!
The Angels actually thought the call went to their favor as they set up for another rally until the referee blew a late whistle, calling Nunag for overreaching which paved the way for Creamline's victory.
'For me, of course I'm a little bit biased, the ball was still within our court because if you're called with an overreaching call you're preventing the other side from continuing their play.'
The State argues that the law relating to double jeopardy does not prevent the commencement of a new trial after a mistrial is requested by the defendant unless the mistrial was granted because of prosecutorial overreaching. The State contends that the elements required to prove prosecutorial overreaching are not present in this case.
News of Louise's good deed bizarrely came to light in the Mail Online comments section, where a reader, claiming to be from Wirral, posted to say Louise was "down to earth" after helping his wife out of a rather strange "overreaching" accident.
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff is tracking the Environmental Protection Agency's expansion of the jurisdiction of waters covered under the Clean Water Act, noting how a proposed rule "holds unnecessary and overreaching regulatory implications that would adversely affect ready mixed concrete operations, such as washout pits, sedimentation ponds, settling basins."