(ō′vər plā′, ō′vər plā′)
- to overact, overdo, or overemphasize
- to overestimate the strength of (one's hand in cards) and be defeated as a result: the phrase is usually used figuratively
See overplay in American Heritage Dictionary 4
, o·ver·plays verb, transitive
a. To present (a dramatic role, for example) in an exaggerated manner.
b. To emphasize or stress unduly.
- To overestimate the strength of (one's holding or position) with resulting defeat: overplayed his hand and lost the game.
- Sports To hit (a golf ball) beyond the green.
To overdo a role or an effect.
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