Date: 1767 transitive verb1.a. to present (as a dramatic role) extravagantly ;exaggerateb. to place too much emphasis on 2. to rely too much on the strength of — usually used in the phrase overplay one's hand3. to strike a golf ball beyond (a putting green) intransitive verb to exaggerate a part or effect
v.tr. play (a part) to excess; give undue importance to; overemphasize. Phrases and idioms: overplay one's hand 1 be unduly optimistic about one's capabilities. 2 spoil a good case by exaggerating its value.
(overplays, overplaying, overplayed) 1. If you say that someone is overplaying something such as a problem, you mean that they are making it seem more important than it really is. I think the historical factor is overplayed, that it really doesn't mean much.= exaggerate VERB: V n 2. If someone overplays their hand, they act more confidently than they should because they believe that they are in a stronger position than they actually are. The United States has to be careful it doesn't overplay its hand.PHRASE: V inflects