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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 Despite how many want the law repealed, the president may be overplaying his hand by trying to completely dismantle it without having something to take its place.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.
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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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Yes, they're overplaying his death: but with the 24/7 news cycle, the TV press, with the print journos in tow, overplay almost any story, especially those that have a high "fluff" factor.
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Some tRNA researchers partly fault MIT scientists for not mentioning other important research in the field and overplaying the significance of their research.
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I didn't feel like I was overplaying and it was just lucky shots that were coming off.
Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" calls it "Snoutbreak 2009." But is the coverage overplaying the danger or providing proper levels of information?
It is bad enough with the male lunchtime presenter making a drama out of every item, as if we are being dragged to Armageddon without overplaying thumping music at 120 decibels.
Houllier removed the Spice Boy culture at the club, and adopted modern training and medical techniques which saved the careers of Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard,both of whom had serious long term injuries due to overplaying.
And although it's early days I'm beginning to worry that Johnny Vaughan is overplaying the "this is classic telly" hand a little.
Their parents accuse doctors of overplaying the chances of success.
If it overplaying each pass, it will be vulnerable to backdoor cuts.
In keeping with the current Broadway trend toward overplaying the dark subtext of World War II dramas, Schulman has the von Trapps crooning "Edelweiss" in front of a Nazi flag.