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overreach

verb accroach, annul, cheat, circumvent, deceive, defeat one's own purpose, defeat oneself by overdoing matters, dupe, encroach, exceed, extend beyond, extend over, fool, get the better of, have one's plans backfire, nullify one's gains, offset, outsmart, outwit, overact, overdo, overextend, overshoot, reach beyond, reach over, reach too far, thwart, trick, trip, undermine, undo
Associated concepts: undue influence
See also: betray, impose, intrude
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The Overreacher is the title of an influential study of the protagonists of Christopher Marlowe by Harry Levin, published in the 1950s.
Likewise, McNally's study of the Overreacher character type in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama not only anticipates his fascination with emotionally detached, manipulative observers of other peoples' lives like Stephen in The Lisbon Traviata (1985, rev.
He was a comic overreacher, what Woody Allen called ``a wolf in sheep's clothing,'' who made millions roar with cowardly, double-dealing ploys to grab money and women.
For a discussion on how Barabas's downfall is caused by his desire for love and acceptance in the Maltese community, see Levin, The Overreacher, 77-80 and 155-56.
Tantalus, like Kronos, is an overreacher, violating boundaries between self and other, between one generation and the next, between civilized and savage.