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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 Despite how many want the law repealed, the president may be overplaying his hand by trying to completely dismantle it without having something to take its place.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.
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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.
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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.
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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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He said: "Faster growth of services activity brings welcome news that fears of a potentially sharp slowdown in the UK economy look overplayed."
Barclays Plc (LSE: BARC) has said that fears regarding China are being overplayed.
This time round we get much of the same - heavy-handed pratfalls, blundering and overplayed comedy moments.
The rise in protests, however, appears to be overplayed. A handful of high-profile disputes, such as the Air Force's aerial refueling tanker and the Army and Marine Corps' new humvee, don't change the fact that the average contractor will do anything to avoid protesting a contract award because most fear retribution from their only customer.
The impact fatherhood has on men's commitment to work has also traditionally been overplayed, the study claimed.
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We do not want guys washed up because they have been overplayed.'
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The threat of China has been overplayed: Many observers of Japan have too readily accepted the theory that China, with vast reserves of cheap labor, will pose an insurmountable threat to Japan in the long term.
The polemic of cooperation over competition may be a bit overplayed, given that few other Scotto/Gardano collaborations can be documented, but it is a well-grounded corrective to the shoddy speculations produced around the mid-twentieth century and since often repeated.
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