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overplay (one's) hand

To have too much confidence in one's ability or position and fail to achieve something as a result. Despite how many want the law repealed, the president may be overplaying his hand by trying to completely dismantle it without having something to take its place. He thought he was irreplaceable, and in asking for an absurdly high raise with the threats of quitting, he may have overplayed his hand.
See also: hand, overplay

overplay your hand

If someone overplays their hand, they act more confidently that they should, because they believe they are in a stronger position than they really are. The right wing drastically overplayed its hand by trying to seize power prematurely. Note: `Hand' in this expression refers to the cards dealt to you in a card game.
See also: hand, overplay

overplay your hand

spoil your chance of success through excessive confidence in your position.
In a card game, if you overplay your hand, you play a hand on the basis of an overestimate of your likelihood of winning.
See also: hand, overplay

overplay your ˈhand

spoil your chance of success by judging your position to be stronger than it really is: Some say that the actors overplayed their hand, asking for too much money for each appearance.
This comes from card games. If you overplay your hand, you play in a way that is too confident because you think your cards are better than they really are.
See also: hand, overplay
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The players can, at any time within the continuity, read the defense and react accordingly (to overplays, sagging defenders, cheating defenders who are anticipating the offensive movements, etc.
Miriam is a part which, I suspect, many an actress will covet and which several actresses will overplay.
Although official statistics confirm Ronaldo is officially the most fouled player in the Premiership, the 20-year-old admitted he used to overplay some challenges.
The FA are the first to say we should not overplay the youngsters and yet here we are asking a 17-year-old to play two games in around 40 hours.
Given how much of ``Crazy Drunk'' Rogers is expected to shoulder, passivity seems a dangerous card to overplay.
Gulls boss Leroy Rosenior said: "We looked jaded and tried to overplay at times.
Ramirez doesn't overplay Capulet's fury while Marika Becz's Lady Capulet gives the impression that she wants Juliet to have a fate different from her own.
Meyer neither skirts these facts nor overplays them, wisely choosing not to over-romanticize the course of their courtship and union.
W2 again overplays the reversal pass and M1 again overplays the outlet pass to the middle of the court.
Tax petitions offer the best direct evidence for peasant discontent, yet Cohn overplays the evidence.
This is a novel and insightful critique of the welfare state, but Machan overplays his hand when he claims that "despite all the rhetoric about compassion, kindness, and charity, supporters of the welfare state in effect make it impossible for citizens to be compassionate, kind, and charitable.
He overplays a little bit and that can slow us down at times.
After a DB sees a couple Hitches and overplays the route, we throw this (Diag.
Thompson neither wastes nor overplays a conlic moment, while Mosina plays this scene with a hint of daffiness.
It exploits a defense that overplays or ignores any aspect of the series.