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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 Despite how many want the law repealed, the president may be overplaying his hand by trying to completely dismantle it without having something to take its place.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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What does prove distracting is the likable Paxton's gee-whiz narration, which Cameron overplays.
As you can see in the diagrams, we like to use the 1-4 set to get into the offense because of its early backdoor opportunities and because it enables us to create options against defensive overplays.
But he's capable of doing things that are going to create defensive overplays, constant double teams, all the things that give other people (teammates) opportunities to play basketball.
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.
The amount of energy the film spends with Giovanni's patients isn't always well-spent, and Moretti often overplays his hand (and overstays his welcome) in attempting to draw comparisons between events in the office and the family apartment.
And ultimately, like most thrillers of recent years, it severely overplays its hand in the final act, with convoluted, over-the-top plotting that may have viewers rolling their eyes as much as being riveted by the action.
Nonetheless, performances are laudable - newcomer Muth carries the film with the assurance of a veteran; she never overplays her big, emotional scenes, though there seems to be plenty of leeway to do so, which makes her character all the more empathetic.
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