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Definition of overplay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overplay

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈpleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈpleɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overplay
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈpleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈpleɪ//
 
he / she / it overplays
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈpleɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈpleɪz//
 
past simple overplayed
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈpleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈpleɪd//
 
past participle overplayed
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈpleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈpleɪd//
 
-ing form overplaying
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈpleɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈpleɪɪŋ//
 
 
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  • overplay something to give too much importance to something His role in the negotiations has been overplayed. opposite underplay
  • Idioms to spoil your chance of success by judging your position to be stronger than it really is
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: overplay

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