Definitions

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  • v. To peer over.
  • v. To rise above.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To peer over; to rise above.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To overlook; look down on; rise above; overhang.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ peer

Examples

  • Admiral Boscawen; but we in Troy preferred to write the apostrophe after the 's' -- Miss Sally Tregentil would overpeer her blind and draw back in a flutter lest the Major had observed her.

    The Mayor of Troy

  • As the bridled torrent seethed and climbed, hissing, behind that barrier, the great stone tottered and swayed, and before the first foam-crest could overpeer it, yielded to the weight of waters leaned against it, and rocks and flood, thunderously roaring, rushed down together.

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • I forgot all my tatters and stood on tiptoe in the stirrups to overpeer the fence-row.

    The Cavalier

  • Not when it is night in the World, and we can see no further than the stars; not when the sun is shining where we dwell, dazzling our eyes; but when the sun has set on some stormy days, all at once repentant at evening, and those glittering cliffs reveal themselves which we almost take to be clouds, and it is twilight with us as it is for ever with them, then on their gleaming summits we see those golden domes that overpeer the edges of the World and seem to dance with dignity and calm in that gentle light of evening that is Wonder's native haunt.

    The Book of Wonder

  • 'mountainous error' 'too highly heaped for truth to overpeer,' in order to make this point in his scientific table.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

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