Etymology
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overplay (v.)

"to emphasize (something) too much," 1933, a metaphor from card games, in to overplay (one's) hand, "to spoil one's hand by bidding in excess of its value" (1926), from over- + play (v.). Earlier (from 1819) in a theatrical sense, "act (a part) with an extravagant and unnatural manner." Middle English had overpleien in the sense of "to outplay, defeat." Related: Overplayed; overplaying.

updated on November 03, 2019

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Definitions of overplay from WordNet

overplay (v.)
exaggerate one's acting;
Synonyms: overact / ham it up / ham
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