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over- +‎ reach.


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈəʊvəˌriːt͡ʃ/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /ˌəʊvəˈriːt͡ʃ/
    Rhymes: -iːtʃ


overreach (countable and uncountable, plural overreaches)

  1. The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; -- said of horses.
  2. The act of extending or reaching too far, overextension.
    • 9 October 2018, A. A. Dowd, AV Club The star and director of La La Land reunite for First Man’s spectacular trip to the moon [1]
      Chazelle and Singer acknowledge both the impressive resourcefulness and faintly insane overreach of the space race; they were winging it, attempting the impossible with relatively primitive technology—“Boys making models out of balsa wood,” Janet calls them, after Director Of Flight Operations Deke Slayton (Kyle Chandler) cuts the radio feed during a mission gone wrong.
    • 2010, Brian Montopoli, CBS News Obama: People Saw "Overreach" in My Actions:
      But, you know, I'm sympathetic to folks who looked at it and said, 'This is looking like potential overreach.'"


overreach (third-person singular simple present overreaches, present participle overreaching, simple past and past participle overreached)

  1. To reach above or beyond in any direction.
  2. To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat.
  3. To reach too far
  4. (of horses) To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot.
  5. (nautical) To sail on one tack farther than is necessary.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)