• WordNet 3.6
    • v overplay exaggerate one's acting
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n overplay In any duplicate card-game, especially bridge and whist, the play of a hand which has already been played at another table and by other players; in memory duplicate, the play of a hand by north and south which was originally held and played by east and west.
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In literature:

Aubrey was eager enough to accept, but feared to overplay his hand.
"The Haunted Bookshop" by Christopher Morley
Purplevein's followers, in their desperate efforts to discredit Bleak, overplayed their hand (as "practical politicians" always do).
"In the Sweet Dry and Dry" by Christopher Morley
It was just another case of a man unfamiliar with the game overplaying his hand.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
But he was watching me, I knew; wondering why I had not come, and longing for me: and I rather overplayed my part.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
Pesquiera had overplayed his hand.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
A man's a fool to overplay his luck.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
You would have sworn that he had wagered to make one of the worst parts he overplayed successful.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various
I shall either overplay it or underplay it.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
She overplayed the tomboy, just as she did every role she essayed.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
If what we suspect is true, though, Ned rather overplayed it in this case, and got caught.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson

In news:

A poor comms strategy has allowed the media to overplay the 'privatisation' of the NHS.
The whimsy, though, is overplayed.
If I were to name the top handful of classical music's overplayed "warhorses," Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.
This is what overplaying your hand looks like.
Don't Downplay Bin Laden's Death (Except Don't Overplay It, Either).
President Mohamed Morsi's call to reconvene parliament is likely the first of many clashes with Egypt's military, which is at risk of overplaying its hand.
It purposefully overplayed the likelihood of a 96-team NCAA tournament field to make the expansion to 68 teams seem wonderfully palatable in comparison.
You needn't settle for McDonald's soft serve, a convenience-store slushie or another overplayed frozen yogurt when the sun sizzles and you're nowhere near an air conditioner.
Was hazing angle appropriate , overplayed.
It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it.
McMahon is hapless , Murphy overplays.
NPS dean resignation story overplayed.
White House has suggested Republicans overplayed their hand.
Agency accused of overplaying danger of the virus as it swept the globe.
The a cappella covers of overplayed pop are completely infectious, pulled off with sleek rhythm and smooth harmonies.