Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To present (a dramatic role, for example) in an exaggerated manner.
  • transitive v. To emphasize or stress unduly.
  • transitive v. To overestimate the strength of (one's holding or position) with resulting defeat: overplayed his hand and lost the game.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit (a golf ball) beyond the green.
  • intransitive v. To overdo a role or an effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. and (transitive) To overdo or overact one's effect or role.
  • v. To present something in a manner more dramatic than necessary.
  • v. To overestimate one's strength in a game or event, which ultimately may end in a defeat.
  • v. To accidentally hit (one's golf ball) beyond "the green".

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In any duplicate card-game, especially bridge and whist, the play of a hand which has already been played at another table and by other players; in memory duplicate, the play of a hand by north and south which was originally held and played by east and west.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. exaggerate one's acting

Etymologies

From over + play. (Wiktionary)

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