AskDefine | Define overreach

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1 fail by aiming too high or trying too hard
2 beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors" [syn: outwit, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumvent]

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  1. The act of striking the heel of the fore foot with the toe of the hind foot; -- said of horses.


  1. To reach above or beyond in any direction.
  2. To deceive, or get the better of, by artifice or cunning; to outwit; to cheat.
  3. To reach too far
  4. To strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or shoe of the forefoot; -- said of horses.
  5. To sail on one tack farther than is necessary.
  6. To cheat by cunning or deception.

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