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

  • transitive v. To bid beyond or in excess of (a previous bid or player) in a game of cards.
  • intransitive v. To bid higher than one's opponent when one's partner has not bid in bridge.
  • n. Games An overbid.
  • n. Games An instance of overcalling in bridge.
  • n. The amount of additional money, often 10 to 20 percent of the original amount invested, that can be requested from the financial backers of a theatrical production.

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  • v. To call a bet after another player has already called
  • n. A call which occurs after another player has already called

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

  • n. (bridge) a bid that is higher than your opponent's bid (especially when your partner has not bid at all and your bid exceeds the value of your hand)


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  • At the other table North opened a more orthodox one diamond, but after East's overcall of four spades there was no further bidding and the same team had reached game at both tables.

    The best played deal of the Lederer

  • I notice a tendency to overcall when guys use a mouth call.

    Any tips for using a mouth call for turkies?

  • Stay out all day if the law allows and don't overcall.

    I want to start spring turkey hunting and I dont know how to start out.

  • Keep in mind the pros you see are all selling something and they tend to overcall.

    Your favorite turkey vest, Also any turkey hunting tips?

  • On the one hand the overcall would take up bidding space, or might lead to a profitable sacrifice; on the other hand ...

    To overcall or not?

  • At the other table Peter Lee for the Hinden team heard North's overcall, so he won the opening spade lead and played the ace and king of hearts since North was more likely to be short in the suit than South.

    To overcall or not?

  • South's vulnerable overcall would these days be found by no one playing in a European Championship – the suit is not wonderful and the high-card point count does not exactly compensate for that.

    The legendary Giorgio Belladonna

  • Two diamonds was a weak jump overcall, East's double showed a few values, and West's 3NT was based on the hope that he could win the opening diamond lead, take six tricks in clubs somehow, and make the ace of hearts plus a trick in partner's hand.

    A common contract, in an uncommon situation

  • In a major tournament a few years ago, West's jump-overcall of three diamonds was weak and preemptive, as per his partnership agreement.


  • "In its absence, you can miss lesions or do an overcall," he cautions.

    Pink Alert


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