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meanings of overreach


  1. To sail on one tack farther than is necessary.
  2. Of a horse: to strike the heel of a forefoot with the toe of a hindfoot.
  3. To deceive, to swindle.
  4. To get the better of, especially by artifice or cunning; to outwit.
  5. (transitive, intransitive) To reach above or beyond, especially to an excessive degree.
  6. To defeat or override a person's interest in property; (Britain, specifically) of a holder of the legal title of real property: by mortgaging or selling the legal title to a third party, to cause another person's equitable right in the property to be dissolved and to be replaced by an equitable right in the money received from the third party.
  7. To do something beyond an appropriate limit, or beyond one's ability.


  1. An act of extending or reaching over, especially if too far or much; overextension.
  2. Of a horse: an act of striking the heel of a forefoot with the toe of a hindfoot; an injury caused by this action.