Overreach O`ver*reach" ([=o]`v[~e]r*r[=e]ch"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overreached}, ({Overraught}, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Overreaching}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To reach above or beyond in any direction. [1913 Webster]

2. To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. 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/ [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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