• WordNet 3.6
    • v overreach beat through cleverness and wit "I beat the traffic","She outfoxed her competitors"
    • v overreach fail by aiming too high or trying too hard
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overreach ō"vẽr*rēch` The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; -- said of horses.
    • Overreach To cheat by cunning or deception.
    • Overreach To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat.
    • Overreach 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/
    • Overreach To reach above or beyond in any direction.
    • Overreach To reach too far
    • Overreach To sail on one tack farther than is necessary.
    • Overreach To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot; -- said of horses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overreach To overtake.
    • overreach To reach beyond in any direction; rise above; extend or go beyond.
    • overreach To deceive by cunning, artifice, or sagacity; cheat; outwit.
    • overreach To reach or stretch too far.
    • overreach Synonyms To dupe, circumvent, cozen, gull, bamboozle, take in.
    • overreach In the manège, to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the fore foot: said of a horse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overreach ō-vėr-rēch′ to reach or extend beyond: to cheat or get the better of
    • v.i Overreach to strike the hindfoot against the forefoot, as a horse
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  • George F. Will
    “Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.”


In literature:

It was only perfectly palpable that he meant it to be so, and he who parades his indifference is apt to overreach himself.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
I could read there, plain as print, that he but thought to overreach me.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poor Sim, he overreached himself in Albany, trying to attach a cash-register.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, June 9, 1920" by Various
This Talkative, if it be possible, will go beyond them, defraud, beguile, and overreach them.
"Talkers" by John Bate
But Mrs. Ellsworth has overreached herself in her eagerness to forward the interests of Miss Peyton and Miss Craye.
"Dainty's Cruel Rivals" by Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
But in achieving this double success the old master class overreached itself.
"The Ballotless Victim of One-Party Governments" by Archibald H. Grimke
We never deceive ourselves more than when we overreach others.
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More
Give the tree plenty of room, so that the roots will not overreach each other.
"The Apple" by Various
His successful opponents, however, overreached themselves when in 1824 they removed him from the office of canal commissioner.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
He might only hop a step farther on, and trust to my not again overreaching him.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various

In news:

For the GOP, perils lie in overreaching.
Michigan in 2012 and Ohio in 2010 provide a tale of two overreaches.
MORGANTOWN — A lower demand for thermal coal and overreaching oversight by federal regulators are among the factors that forced a large coal company to announce the elimination of 1,200 jobs Tuesday.
Capitol's DFL leaders must guard against overreach .
Online Piracy and Political Overreach .
Abortion bill is GOP overreach .
Republican Overreach Fueling Democrats' Comeback.
Obama's election brings temptation to overreach .
Safety Group Attacks Prosecutorial Overreach .
Anti-obesity effort not government overreach .
Exeter Hospital Calls State Request a 'Government Overreach '.
Once hot IPO now a tale of lawsuits, glitches, and overreach (+video).
Rick Perry's Intelligence Overreach .
Knoxville and Memphis: When officials overreach .
GOP Cites Regulatory Overreach .