overplay (one's) hand

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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 Despite how many want the law repealed, the president may be overplaying his hand by trying to completely dismantle it without having something to take its place.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