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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

Date: 1767 transitive verb 1. a. to present (as a dramatic role) extravagantly ; exaggerate b. to place too much emphasis on 2. to rely too much on the strength of usually used in the phrase overplay one's hand 3. to strike a golf ball beyond (a putting green) intransitive verb to exaggerate a part or effect

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(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

Moby Thesaurus

accent, accentuate, carry too far, dramatize, exaggerate, exhaust, go overboard, go to extremes, go too far, hyperbolize, know no bounds, magnify, maximize, outclass, outdo, outgo, outjump, outleap, outmaneuver, outmarch, outpace, outperform, outplay, outpoint, outrange, outreach, outride, outrival, outrun, outshine, outstep, outstrip, outvie, outwit, overact, overcarry, overdevelop, overdo, overdraw, overdrive, overelaborate, overemphasize, overexercise, overexert, overexpend, overindulge, overjump, overlabor, overleap, overmatch, overreact, override, overspend, overstate, overstrain, overstress, overstudy, overtask, overtax, overtrain, overuse, overvalue, overwork, pass all bounds, point up, protest too much, stretch



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