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  • n. A reaction that is excessive.

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  • n. an excessive reaction; a reaction with inappropriate emotional behavior


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  • In some ways, I'm surprised rightists reject the "our overreaction is the greater threat" worldview, and not just because it's the one supported by available evidence.

    Barry Eisler: Fictional Politics

  • Really, I think their overreaction is because they realize this is the first step of many towards equality in this nation, and to them that is the most frightening aspect of all.

    Think Progress » Republicans Block Bills Ensuring Continuation Of Military Health Care

  • Only hysterical, worst-case-scenario overreaction is Serious now.a. b.b.1 Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » World Gone Mad

  • “When the president meets with the bankers, I hope that the discussion centers on what seems to be a real overreaction from the auditors in the regulatory arena that are looking at risk-taking as something that just should be done at all. we know in our economy that the prosperity we know has been built on calculated risk.”

    State of the Union: John King's Crib Sheet for December 13

  • "We found a strong overreaction from the emotional centers of the brain," Walker said.

    Brain Study: Sleepy, grumpy and … Primitive? | Impact Lab

  • And finally, the knee-jerk reaction to paint Islam with a brush, that obviously since there were radical Islamists who commited acts of terror, this overreaction, is at least justified is a crock of crap.

    Waldo Jaquith - A hypothetical.

  • John Mueller writes in his book that because “the creation of insecurity, fear, anxiety, hysteria, and overreaction is central for terrorists,” they can be defeated simply by a refusal to overreact.


  • History suggests that we have faced greater challenges and triumphed, and that overreaction is a greater danger than complacency.

    January 2006

  • Well, when a Presidential candidate manages to shock Howard Stern I don't think overreaction is possible.

    Archive 2004-01-01

  • Lately, as reliable as fall returning to New England, the usual, passionate overreaction is in full bloom. - Red Sox need patience, not an overhaul


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