AskDefine | Define overplay

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overplay v : exaggerate one's acting [syn: overact, ham it up, ham] [ant: underact]

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From over + play.



  1. To overdo or overact one's effect or role.
  2. To present something in a manner more dramatic than necessary.
    Although the play was wonderful, Joshua overplayed his role as the Beast.
  3. To overestimate oneself in a game or event which ultimately ends in a defeat.
    Jack won the last match of blackjack; Theo overplayed.
  4. transitive golf To accidentally hit one's golf ball beyond "the green".
    Although Robin's first few shots went wonderfully, she overplayed the last and ended up losing to Lucas.


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