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We scold it caressingly, as one reproves the overplay of a gracious child.

"Some day, though, he'll overplay his game," Benito prophesied.

She was not fool enough to overplay her hand, so her greeting was still disdainful, but when he tarried she did not send him away.

Even with such a negligible quantity as a deserted husband, it is a mistake to overplay the part.

WORD ORIGIN

"to emphasize (something) too much," 1933, a metaphor from card games, in to overplay (one's) hand, "to spoil one's hand by bidding in excess of its value" (1926), from over- + play (v.). The word was used earlier in a theatrical sense. Related: Overplayed; overplaying.

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